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


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


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

Examples of rampage in a Sentence


Rioters rampaged through the streets of the city.


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

Fifty years ago, children with an aggressive form of leukemia went from diagnosis to death in a few months, as the disease rampaged through their lymph nodes, spleens, livers, and nervous systems. Marie Mccullough, https://www.inquirer.com, "How conquering a rare leukemia in children revolutionized cancer care for millions," 6 June 2019 Because the filmmakers decided that the best thing to do with the rampaging digital dinosaurs was to bring them indoors. Derek Connolly, New York Times, "Review: ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Brings the Gang Back. Sigh.," 20 June 2018 But a breakaway faction of the insurgency allied to Islamic State has regrouped and rampaged across the northeast, ejecting the army from more than 15 of its most fortified bases. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Nigeria Postpones Presidential Election Hours Before Polls Were Set to Open," 16 Feb. 2019 That did not keep her, in November 2008, from going to the polls in Charlotte, the city where the Klan had rampaged past her home. Margalit Fox, New York Times, "Dovey Johnson Roundtree, Barrier-Breaking Lawyer, Dies at 104," 21 May 2018 The stunning number swept across the Internet within minutes of the news Wednesday that, yet again, another young man with another semiautomatic rifle had rampaged through a school, this time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in South Florida. John Woodrow Cox, Washington Post, "No, there haven’t been 18 school shootings in 2018. That number is flat wrong.," 15 Feb. 2018 Former followers of the group included Khuram Butt, one of the knife-wielding terrorists who rampaged through a central London market last year, leaving eight dead. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Radical Preacher Who Supported Islamic State Is Freed in U.K.," 19 Oct. 2018 State fire spokesman Scott McLean says the blaze rampaging in the area of Redding has destroyed 818 homes and 311 outbuildings. Fox News, "The Latest: Northern California fire destroys 800-plus homes," 30 July 2018 In recent years, as the Islamic State has rampaged through Syria and Iraq, many cities in Europe have suffered terror attacks. Palko Karasz, New York Times, "Trump Targets London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan. How Fair Are His Criticisms?," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

How did Tyrion react to Daenerys' whole Mad Queen rampage? Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "What Happened to Tyrion Lannister in the 'Game of Thrones' Finale?," 20 May 2019 The libretto from the premiere has Orpheus being torn to pieces by maenads, the female devotees of Bacchus whose bloodthirsty rampages figure in both the mythology and evidently the historical truth of ancient Greece. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Monterverdi’s ‘Orfeo’ gets some new music in Berkeley," 21 Apr. 2018 The redacted documents also say Faisal Hussain fatally shot himself after the July 22 rampage. Fox News, "Police papers say Toronto shooter 'emotionally disturbed'," 20 Sep. 2018 Police Chief Eliot Isaac said Santa-Perez's gun had jammed during his four-minute rampage. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Cincinnati police release bodycam footage of cop firing through window, gunning down mass shooter at bank," 13 Sep. 2018 And a GoFundMe campaign raised more than $11.4 million in donations last year, after a shooting rampage in Las Vegas killed 58 people and injured hundreds of others. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Sometimes GoFundMe goes right, sometimes very wrong ... and sometimes, way off the rails," 13 Sep. 2018 Nico was in freshman English class when the rampage began. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "A Year After Parkland: Making Sure to Say, ‘I Love You’ at Morning Drop-Off," 12 Feb. 2019 Running parallel to Michael’s latest rampage through teenage suburbia is the story of Laurie Strode: Doomsday Prepper. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The new Halloween reimagines the franchise as a tale of maternal warrior women," 19 Oct. 2018 The new iteration has been revamped, including the removal of a scene in which a character plays a video game that depicts a shooting rampage, THR reports. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "The "Heathers" Reboot Has Been Re-Edited and Will Air on the Paramount Network," 4 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of rampage


1672, in the meaning defined above


1861, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of rampage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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

: an occurrence of wild and usually destructive behavior


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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