Type: verb, noun

Definitions: (verb) When a little thing triggers a big thing to happen, it causes it. (noun) A trigger is a little thing that makes something bigger happen. (noun) A trigger is the part of a gun that you push with one finger when you want to make the gun shoot.

Examples: (verb) Those angry words triggered the beginning of the war. (verb) The sound of the helicopter triggered the avalanche. (noun) Smells can be a powerful trigger to recall memories. (noun) The trigger of the avalanche was the helicopter. (noun) I didn’t want to make him angry, because he had his finger on the trigger.

Synonyms: cause, reason. verbs: cause, generate, produce.

Academic Word List Sublist and Group: 9 D