rampage

verb
ram·​page | \ ˈram-ˌpāj How to pronounce rampage (audio) , (ˌ)ram-ˈpāj \
rampaged; rampaging

Definition of rampage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to rush wildly about

rampage

noun
ram·​page | \ ˈram-ˌpāj How to pronounce rampage (audio) \

Definition of rampage (Entry 2 of 2)

: a course of violent, riotous, or reckless action or behavior

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Other Words from rampage

Noun

rampageous \ ram-​ˈpā-​jəs How to pronounce rampageous (audio) \ adjective
rampageously adverb
rampageousness noun

Examples of rampage in a Sentence

Verb Rioters rampaged through the streets of the city. Noun some crazy guy went on a rampage in the public library and started grabbing books off the shelves and tossing them around
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Still, the coronavirus continues to rampage across Wisconsin. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "More than 200,000 people in Wisconsin have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic," 26 Oct. 2020 Wisconsin reported 1,696 new coronavirus cases Monday as the virus continued to rampage across the state. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin reports nearly 1,700 new coronavirus cases as outbreak continues to rank among nation's worst," 5 Oct. 2020 But as covid-19 began to rampage through the country and hit her, she was seized with a new urgency to find him. Lisa Selin Davis Washington Post, Star Tribune, "Pandemic spurs hunt for long-lost parents, relatives — and their health histories," 28 Sep. 2020 After winning the battle for Federal Hall, the hard hats rampaged across Lower Manhattan. Jefferson Cowie, New York Times, "The ‘Hard Hat Riot’ Was a Preview of Today’s Political Divisions," 11 May 2020 For a year his unit rampaged across the Soviet Union. Robert Clark, National Geographic, "‘I have had, in my life, whole squadrons of guardian angels looking after me. There’s no other way.’," 6 May 2020 Over the course of 12 hours between April 18 and 19, the suspect rampaged through this quiet, rural corner of Canada, shooting some people dead and setting fires that killed others. Paula Newton, CNN, "His pregnant wife was killed in a mass shooting. Her dying wish was for healthcare workers to have PPE," 1 May 2020 Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through a college in northeastern Kenya, killing at least 148 people. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 1 Apr. 2020 On Wednesday, groups of young men rampaged through Beirut’s commercial district, smashing window shops, cafes, banks and other businesses. Washington Post, "Lebanon at a crossroads after 100 days of protests," 24 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the short term, unfortunately, following Hurricane Eta's recent deadly rampage through Central America, there could be at least two more storms forming, either of which would break the record for most storms in a single season. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "When will this relentless Atlantic hurricane season finally end?," 10 Nov. 2020 DeCosta traded for Marcus Peters at the same point last season, and the cornerback returned an interception for a touchdown in his first game as a Raven, a 30-16 win over the Seattle Seahawks that kicked off a 2½-month rampage through the NFL. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Five Things We Learned from the Ravens’ 28-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers," 2 Nov. 2020 One man's backhoe rampage across a Central Florida town destroyed several front yards and multiple Biden-Harris campaign signs, according to Haines City Police. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "Backhoe thief drove through Florida town allegedly digging up Biden-Harris campaign signs," 26 Oct. 2020 By the time the rampage ended on June 1, Greenwood was reduced to smoldering ashes. Bethany Mollenkof, National Geographic, "Coffins unearthed as the search for victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre continues," 26 Oct. 2020 The two-year rampage spurred the creation of a vaccine that was approved by the United States in 2019. Jack Herrera, Popular Science, "Tracking down ‘patient zero’ is a crucial piece of the pandemic puzzle," 13 Oct. 2020 No police were visibly present as the rampage continued, though several warnings were given on a loudspeaker. oregonlive, "Latest call for ‘direct action’ escalated Portland protest destruction, pushed for anonymity," 13 Oct. 2020 In 1966, Charles Joseph Whitman, 25, went on an armed rampage at the University of Texas in Austin that killed 14 people, most of whom were shot by Whitman while he was perched in the clock tower of the main campus building. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 1 Aug. 2020 Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was thrust into the forefront of Europe’s battle with radical Islam after a gunman went on a rampage through Vienna’s city center. Matthias Wabl, Bloomberg.com, "Austria Pushed to Fore of Europe’s Fight With Radical Islam," 3 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of rampage

Verb

1672, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rampage

Verb

Scots

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The first known use of rampage was in 1672

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Last Updated

30 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rampage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rampage. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for rampage

rampage

verb
How to pronounce rampage (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rampage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to act or move in a wild and usually destructive way

rampage

noun
How to pronounce rampage (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rampage (Entry 2 of 2)

: an occurrence of wild and usually destructive behavior

rampage

noun
ram·​page | \ ˈram-ˌpāj How to pronounce rampage (audio) \

Kids Definition of rampage

: a period or instance of violent action or behavior

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