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noun     /truːp/
troops C2 [plural] soldiers on duty in a large group: Traditionally, United Nations troops have been deployed only in a peacekeeping role. The major powers have said they will not send in ground troops (= soldiers who fight on land). In 1988, about 220,000 American troops were stationed in Western Europe. All troops will be withdrawn by the end of the year.Parts of armies and groups of servicemen [C] a group of soldiers, especially ones who fight in strong military vehicles or on horses: the King's Troop of the Royal Horse ArtilleryParts of armies and groups of servicemen [C] an organized group of young people who are Scouts: We've got a troop of Scouts camping in one of our fields this weekend.Named organizations and societies and their members
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