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

The walls inside are splashed with playful murals of Godzilla, Wreck-It Ralph and Mothra rampaging through a city on fire. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Breaking news (literally): I smashed a toaster at Wreck It Ft Laudy and it felt so good | SummerTimeOut," 3 July 2019 The best way to dodge incoming bullets is to tap the controller’s left bumper which makes your masked gunslinger twirl around like a rampaging dervish. Washington Post, "Nothing but old-fashioned arcade fun in ‘My Friend Pedro’," 21 June 2019 In the comics, Doomsday is often depicted as this unstoppable monster who rampages through everything but is never really a character. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, "Krypton boss previews how Lobo and Doomsday fit into season 2," 11 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The other Arctic appears in books like Gretel Ehrlich’s The Future of Ice or Marla Cone’s Silent Snow, vulnerable, dying, itself a victim of the rampages of man. Colin Dickey, The New Republic, "The Secrets in Greenland’s Ice," 11 July 2019 Weeks after shooting, Virginia rejects tougher gun laws Virginia Republicans slammed the door on a wide range of gun control measures Tuesday, less than six weeks after a gunman's rampage left 12 people dead in Virginia Beach. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "The Earth cracked wide open in California," 9 July 2019 HONG KONG—Police arrested and charged a dozen protesters suspected of involvement in antigovernment clashes and widened a hunt for others who joined a rampage through the city’s legislature. Chuin-wei Yap, WSJ, "Hong Kong Police Make First Wave of Protest Arrests," 4 July 2019 One of the children stabbed in Saturday's early-morning rampage is Michael's child, FOX8 reported. Fox News, "Ohio serial killer's mother stabbed to death in inside home, 3 children also injured, police say," 24 June 2019 The State Department of Education has required the topic be taught in Oklahoma history classes since 2000, but the rampage didn’t first appear in the state's school books until 2009. Teen Vogue, "Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, Explained," 31 May 2019 Law enforcement responding to the Columbine shooting were criticized for waiting outside the high school, attempting to identify the best course of action, as the two shooters continued their rampage inside. AZCentral.com, "Phoenix police shot at more people than NYPD did in 2018. Will that change?," 20 June 2019 Craddock, a 15-year veteran of public works and a civil engineer, was still employed at the time of the rampage and had a pass to enter the secure inner offices and conference rooms. Mike James, USA TODAY, "Virginia Beach killer said in resignation note it 'has been a pleasure' to be a public servant," 3 June 2019 The two men are fighting new policies instituted by the four retailers in the wake of a 19-year-old gunman's rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida that killed 17 people on Feb. 14. Aimee Green, OregonLive.com, "Fred Meyer, Bi-Mart sued for refusing to sell ammo to Oregon man, 20," 9 Mar. 2018

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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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