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rampant

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adjective ram·pant \ˈram-pənt also -ˌpant\

Simple Definition of rampant

  • —used to describe something that is very common or that is spreading very quickly and in a way that is difficult to control

  • : growing quickly and in a way that is difficult to control

Full Definition of rampant

  1. 1 a :  rearing upon the hind legs with forelegs extended b :  standing on one hind foot with one foreleg raised above the other and the head in profile —used of a heraldic animal

  2. 2 a :  marked by a menacing wildness, extravagance, or absence of restraint <rampant rumors> b :  profusely widespread <rampant weeds>

ram·pant·ly adverb

Examples of rampant

  1. a weed that's rampant in this area

  2. <the mayor promised to put a stop to the rampant crime that plagued the city>



Illustration of rampant

Origin of rampant

Middle English, from Anglo-French, present participle of ramper


First Known Use: 14th century



RAMPANT Defined for Kids

rampant

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adjective ram·pant \ˈram-pənt\

Definition of rampant

  1. :  existing or growing greatly and quickly <Fear was rampant in the town.>





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