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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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