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

trip to

Did you enjoy your trip to Disneyland?

trip from

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.

coach/boat/bus 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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■ verbs

▪ 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.


▪ 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.

trip over

Clary tripped over a cable and broke his foot.

trip on

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.

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