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English noun: trigger

1. trigger (artifact) lever that activates the firing mechanism of a gun


Synonymsgun trigger


Broader (hypernym)lever


Narrower (hyponym)hair trigger


Part meronymgun

2. trigger (artifact) a device that activates or releases or causes something to happen


Broader (hypernym)device


Narrower (hyponym)plutonium pit, plutonium trigger

3. trigger (act) an act that sets in motion some course of events


Synonymsinduction, initiation


Broader (hypernym)causation, causing


Narrower (hyponym)fomentation, instigation


English verb: trigger

1. trigger (creation) put in motion or move to act


SamplesTrigger a reaction.
Actuate the circuits.


Synonymsactivate, actuate, set off, spark, spark off, touch off, trigger off, trip


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)initiate, pioneer


Causecome about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place

2. trigger (competition) release or pull the trigger on


SamplesTrigger a gun.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Entaildischarge, fire









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