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trump 1 (trŭmp)
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n.
1. Games
a. often trumps A suit in card games that outranks all other suits for the duration of a hand.
b. A card of such a suit.
c. A trump card.
2. A key resource to be used at an opportune moment.
3. Informal A reliable or admirable person.
v. trumped, trump·ing, trumps
v.tr.
1. Games To take (a card or trick) with a trump.
2. To get the better of (an adversary or competitor, for example) by using a crucial, often hidden resource.
v.intr.
Games
To play a trump.
Phrasal Verb:
trump up
To devise fraudulently: trumped up a charge of conspiracy.

[Alteration of TRIUMPH.]

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trump 2 (trŭmp)
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n.
A trumpet.

[Middle English trompe, from Old French; see TRUMPET.]

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Trump, Melania Originally Melanija Knavs. Born 1970.
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First lady of the United States (since 2017) as the wife of President Donald Trump.
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Melania Trump
photographed in 2017

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Trump  (trŭmp), Donald John Born 1946.
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The 45th president of the United States (took office in 2017). Prior to running for office, he was a businessperson. His company, The Trump Organization, primarily deals with real estate and construction.
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Donald Trump

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