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noun [C]  us   /ˈtrɪɡ·ər/

trigger noun [C] (GUN PART)

a part of a gun that causes the gun to fire when pressed: to pull the trigger


verb [T]  us   /ˈtrɪɡ·ər/

trigger verb [T] (START)

to cause something to start: I triggered the smoke alarm when I burned the potatoes. Eating chocolate can trigger a migraine headache in some people.
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