Meaning of TRIP in English
I. trip 1 S2 W2 /trɪp/ BrE AmE noun
1 . [countable] a visit to a place that involves a journey, for pleasure or a particular purpose
Did you enjoy your trip to Disneyland?
The Palace is only a short trip from here.
business/school/shopping etc trip
a business trip to Japan
Two lucky employees won a round-the-world trip.
a boat trip up the Thames
day trip (=a pleasure trip done in one day)
It’s an 80-mile round trip (=a journey to a place and back again) to Exeter.
return trip (=when you are travelling back to where you started)
I’m afraid you’ve had a wasted trip (=a trip in which you do not achieve your purpose) Mr Burgess has already left.
go on/take a trip
We’re thinking of taking a trip to the mountains.
He was unable to make the trip to accept the award.
2 . [countable] informal the strange mental experiences someone has when they take a drug such as ↑ LSD :
a bad trip
3 . [singular] American English informal a person or experience that is amusing and unusual:
Julie’s such a trip!
4 . [countable] an act of falling as a result of hitting something with your foot:
accidents caused by trips or falls
⇨ ↑ ego trip , ⇨ guilt trip at ↑ guilt 1 (4), ⇨ ↑ round trip
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▪ go on a trip (=go somewhere and come back)
I’ve been on a coach trip to France.
▪ take a trip (=go somewhere for pleasure)
Take a trip on the Santa Fe railway or cruise on a Mississippi paddle boat.
▪ make a trip (=go somewhere, and perhaps come back)
I couldn’t see him making the long trip to Minneapolis alone.
■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + trip
▪ a business trip
I’m on a business trip with my boss.
▪ a shopping/fishing/skiing etc trip
He was knocked off his bicycle on his way home from a shopping trip.
▪ a school trip (=when children and teachers from a school go somewhere)
She went on a school trip to Tuscany.
▪ a coach/bus/boat trip
They took a boat trip to see the seals.
▪ a day trip (=when you go somewhere for pleasure and come back the same day)
Take a day trip to York, which is just 15 miles away.
▪ a round trip (=a journey to a place and back again)
His wife makes a hundred and fifty mile round trip to see him twice a week.
▪ the return trip (=the journey back to a place)
A day or two later she began her return trip to Chicago.
▪ a wasted trip (=a trip in which you do not achieve what you wanted to)
I’m afraid you’ve had a wasted trip. We don’t have those shoes in stock.
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▪ trip noun [countable] a visit to a place that involves a journey, done for pleasure, business, shopping etc:
The trip to the coast took longer than we expected.
Did you have a good trip?
▪ journey noun [countable] especially British English an occasion when you travel from one place to another, especially a long distance:
a long train journey
We continued our journey on foot.
They made the journey across the plains in a covered wagon.
▪ travel noun [uncountable] the general activity of travelling, especially over long distances for pleasure. Don’t confuse travel and trip :
a special ticket for train travel around Europe
Foreign travel is becoming increasingly popular.
▪ travels noun [plural] trips to places that are far away:
She told us about her travels in South America.
■ different types of trip
▪ tour noun [countable] a trip for pleasure, during which you visit several different towns, areas etc:
She’s on a three week tour of Europe.
▪ excursion noun [countable] a short trip to visit a place on holiday, usually by a group of people:
You can go on an afternoon excursion to Catalina Island.
▪ expedition noun [countable] a long and carefully organized trip, especially to a dangerous or unfamiliar place:
Lewis and Clark’s expedition across North America
Scott led an expedition to the South Pole.
▪ commute noun [countable] a trip to or from work that someone does every day:
How long is your daily commute?
▪ crossing noun [countable] a trip by boat from one piece of land to another:
The Atlantic crossing was rough and stormy.
▪ cruise noun [countable] a trip by boat for pleasure:
We went on a cruise around the Caribbean.
▪ voyage noun [countable] a very long trip in which you travel by ship or in a spacecraft:
Columbus set out on his voyage across the ocean.
▪ trek noun [countable] a long and difficult trip on foot, in a place far from towns and cities:
They did a trek across the Atlas Mountains.
▪ pilgrimage noun [countable] a trip to a holy place for religious reasons:
She went on a pilgrimage to Lourdes.
II. trip 2 BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle tripped , present participle tripping )
[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: triper ]
1 . FALL ( also trip up ) [intransitive] to hit something with your foot by accident so that you fall or almost fall SYN stumble :
He tripped and fell.
Clary tripped over a cable and broke his foot.
He tripped on the bottom step.
2 . MAKE SOMEBODY FALL ( also trip up ) [transitive] to make someone fall by putting your foot in front of them when they are moving:
Baggio was tripped inside the penalty area.
3 . SWITCH ON [transitive] to switch on a piece of electrical equipment by accident:
An intruder had tripped the alarm.
4 . WALK/DANCE [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] literary to walk, run, or dance with quick light steps:
a little girl tripping down the lane
5 . trip off the tongue to be easy to say or pronounce:
Monofluorophosphate! It doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue, does it?
6 . DRUG ( also trip out ) [intransitive] informal to experience the mental effects of a drug such as ↑ LSD :
They must have been tripping.
7 . trip the light fantastic to dance – used humorously
trip up phrasal verb
1 . to make a mistake, or to force someone to make a mistake by tricking them:
On his latest album, Kowalski trips up attempting more modern songs.
trip somebody ↔ up
an attempt to trip up the Prime Minister on policy issues
2 . to hit something with your foot so that you fall, or to make someone do this
trip somebody ↔ up
He chased the thief, tripped him up, and grabbed the camera.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012