Meaning of “trump” in the English Dictionary

"trump" in British English

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trumpnoun

uk /trʌmp/ us /trʌmp/

[ C ] a card that belongs to the group of cards that has been chosen to have the highest value in a particular game:

I played a trump.
Luckily, I drew a trump.
trumps [ plural ]

one of the four groups in a set of playing cards that has been chosen to have the highest value during a particular game or part of a game:

Diamonds are trumps.
no trump(s)

a situation in which all four groups of cards have equal value in a game of bridge

trumpverb [ T ]

uk /trʌmp/ us /trʌmp/

If you trump another player's card, you beat it with a card that belongs to the group of cards that has been chosen to have the highest value in the game you are playing.

to beat someone or something by doing or producing something better:

Their $60 million bid for the company was trumped at the last moment by an offer for almost twice as much from their main competitor.

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(Definition of “trump” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"trump" in American English

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trumpverb [ T ]

us /trʌmp/

to be better than, or have more importance or power than another person or thing:

They operated on the assumption that money trumped everything.

(Definition of “trump” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"trump" in Business English

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trumpverb [ T ]

uk /trʌmp/ us

to beat another person or organization by doing or producing something even better:

The French share offer trumps the offer from the American company.
Their bid to take over the company was trumped by a US private equity firm.

if something trumps something else, it is considered to be more important:

Financial pressures trumped HR concerns and led to the dismissal of 200 staff.
come up/turn up trumps

to produce a good result, especially when this is not expected:

They finally came up trumps with a new product line and some healthy profits.
The bank came up trumps and he got his loan.

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(Definition of “trump” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)