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 The man who led the state that called itself Islamic -- first capturing Raqqa in Syria and then leading a blitzkrieg through Iraq, rampaging through Mosul, Tikrit, to the gates of Baghdad -- is no more. Ben Wedeman, CNN, "Baghdadi is gone, but ISIS isn't dead yet -- and could be poised for a resurgence," 28 Oct. 2019 Later that night, organized pro-Beijing thugs rampaged through a mass transit station in the northern rural area of Yuen Long, beating civilians with metal rods and wooden sticks. Los Angeles Times, "Beijing strikes ominous tone, saying military could intervene in Hong Kong," 24 July 2019 Dozens more have been maimed or injured by elephants rampaging through rural villages. Mokgweetsi Masisi, WSJ, "Hunting Elephants Will Help Them Survive," 19 June 2019 Many Democrats have been hopeful that defeating an unpopular, rampaging president would be as simple as nominating a sentient adult with minimal political baggage. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "Zingers, Groaners and a Trump Pile-On: ‘That’s Called the Democratic Primary’," 12 Sep. 2019 The Category 5 behemoth rampaged through the upper Bahamas with record-setting windspeeds, then lethally paused its forward motion over Grand Bahama for more than a day, allowing its destructive eyewall to spin in place. Tristram Korten, Smithsonian, "The Bahamas and the Caribbean Have Withstood Hurricanes for Centuries," 17 Sep. 2019 Reports of a monkey rampaging the streets of Santa Fe have captivated Houston's attention this week. Kara Quebedeaux, Houston Chronicle, "Hundreds of Houston pigeons illegally captured for hunting freed by deputies," 11 Sep. 2019 Both scenes are carried into Battle at Big Rock, which essentially subs in dinosaurs for more typical camping nightmares like rampaging bears or hungry coyotes. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "How the ‘Battle at Big Rock’ Short Film Sets Up a Smarter, Scarier ‘Jurassic World 3’," 16 Sep. 2019 The Islamic State concentrated its forces in northeast Syria along the Iraqi border, rampaging across western Iraq, much as Ambassador Ford and others had predicted. Charles Glass, Harper's magazine, "“Tell Me How This Ends”," 10 Feb. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a rampage, Iorek ransacked the port and killed at least two people. Nick Romano, EW.com, "His Dark Materials digi-dictionary: Your guide to the HBO series multiverse," 3 Nov. 2019 Four men who are believed to be homeless were attacked and killed early Saturday in a street rampage. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Officials release IDs of 3 of the Chinatown homeless victims," 7 Oct. 2019 An Odessa, Texas police officer was grateful to meet the woman who left a random thank-you note on his patrol car, expressing her appreciation for the Odessa Police Department’s bravery in responding to the West Texas shooting rampage on Aug. 31. Fox News, "Texas police officer thanks woman for surprise, emotional note following Odessa shooting," 7 Sep. 2019 Investigators spent the next 24 hours gathering evidence, serving search warrants and scouring social media sites for clues of what led to the rampage. Los Angeles Times, "Disturbing portrait emerges of Gilroy Garlic Festival shooter," 30 July 2019 Key card technology posed a problem for some of the police officers who responded to a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard in 2013, according to a report by the city’s police. Denise Lavoie, Twin Cities, "Police were thwarted by electronic doors during the Virginia Beach shooting," 5 June 2019 While the gunman was white and six of the nine killed were black, police said the speed of the rampage made any discrimination in the shooting seem unlikely. John Seewer, The Denver Post, "Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine urges gun sale background checks after shooting," 6 Aug. 2019 While the gunman was white and six of the nine killed were black, police said the speed of the rampage made any discrimination in the shooting seem unlikely. John Seewer, Fortune, "Republican Governor Calls for Gun Sale Background Checks After Ohio Shooting," 6 Aug. 2019 Betts was white and six of the nine killed were black, but police said the speed of the rampage made any discrimination in the shooting seem unlikely. Bloomberg.com, "FBI Reviewing Ohio Shooter's Interest in Violent Ideology," 6 Aug. 2019

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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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16 Nov 2019

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The first known use of rampage was in 1672

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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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