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Meaning & Definition of Trigger in English

English

Trigger

/trɪgər/

noun

1. Lever that activates the firing mechanism of a gun

    synonym:
  • gun trigger
  • ,
  • trigger

2. A device that activates or releases or causes something to happen

    synonym:
  • trigger

3. An act that sets in motion some course of events

    synonym:
  • trigger
  • ,
  • induction
  • ,
  • initiation

verb

1. Put in motion or move to act

  • "Trigger a reaction"
  • "Actuate the circuits"
    synonym:
  • trip
  • ,
  • actuate
  • ,
  • trigger
  • ,
  • activate
  • ,
  • set off
  • ,
  • spark off
  • ,
  • spark
  • ,
  • trigger off
  • ,
  • touch off

2. Release or pull the trigger on

  • "Trigger a gun"
    synonym:
  • trigger

Examples of using

Tom put a gun to Mary's head and pulled the trigger.
Don't pull the trigger.
Tom pulled the trigger.