Definition of “stampede” - English Dictionary

“stampede” in British English

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stampedenoun [ C ]

uk /stæmˈpiːd/ us /stæmˈpiːd/

stampedeverb [ I or T ]

uk /stæmˈpiːd/ us /stæmˈpiːd/

When animals or people stampede, they all move quickly in the same direction, often because they are frightened:

A loud clap of thunder made the herd stampede.
figurative No amount of pressure will stampede (= force) this committee into making hasty decisions.

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

“stampede” in American English

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stampedenoun [ C ]

us /stæmˈpid/

a situation where a large group of frightened animals, esp. horses or cattle, all run in the same direction:

fig. A stampede of fans tried to enter the stadium at once.
stampede
verb [ I/T ] us /stæmˈpid/

[ T ] A loud clap of thunder stampeded the herd.

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