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

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 Quentin wants to help Spider-Man defeat rampaging elemental monsters. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Spider-Man: Far From Home," 24 June 2018 Landslides are common, and Rohingya have even been killed by rampaging elephants. New York Times, "Massacred at Home, in Misery Abroad, 730,000 Rohingya Are Mired in Hopelessness," 22 Aug. 2019 Against a barrage of rolling, tumbling, rampaging air mattresses, a kid tries in vain to keep one down. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "An outdoor movie night on air mattresses seemed fun. Then the wind picked up.," 20 Aug. 2019 Over the centuries, Notre Dame rose as the spiritual and civic center of Paris, then became a target of Hugenot vandals in the 16th century, rampaging revolutionaries in the 18th century, and Nazi occupiers in the 20th century. Kristin Romey, National Geographic, "Why history says Notre Dame will rise again," 16 Apr. 2019 There's nothing like rampaging through the first half of a level, then inexplicably getting swamped by four-dozen zombies from NOWHERE who brought Hunter / Tank / Boomer backup. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s favorite video games from our first 10 years, 1998-2008," 20 Aug. 2019 Hundreds of men dressed in white had rampaged through a mass transit station in Yuen Long last week, beating people at random with metal and wooden sticks and hospitalizing at least 45. Los Angeles Times, "Hong Kong police clash with protesters in banned march against gang violence," 27 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

People gather near a nightclub in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, on Aug. 28, waiting for information after an armed gang stormed the nightclub in a rampage that killed 25 people and injured more than a dozen others. Los Angeles Times, "Mexican President Lopez Obrador has transformed the office, but old problems thwart progress," 14 Sep. 2019 On Saturday, a man with a rifle killed seven people and wounded 22 others in a rolling rampage in Odessa. Daniel Borunda, USA TODAY, "Visitors at El Paso memorial ask how many more have to die after latest Texas shooting," 1 Sep. 2019 Two dozen more people were wounded in the rampage outside Odessa, Texas — the second mass shooting in the state in a month. CBS News, "Mass shooting in Texas leaves at least 7 dead, 24 wounded in Odessa and Midland," 1 Sep. 2019 Fudge, 57, was among the nine killed by Connor Betts in a rampage that also hurt dozens more. Dan Horn, Cincinnati.com, "His Dayton home was hit by a tornado. Then his father died in the Oregon District shooting," 10 Aug. 2019 And yet, millions of marauding wild pigs have invaded large swaths of the southern U.S., eviscerating crops, gobbling up endangered sea turtles and trampling archaeological sites in a rampage showing no signs of letting up. Alex Horton, Twin Cities, "Alex Horton: Think 30-50 feral hogs is a joke? Millions are rampaging across the country.," 8 Aug. 2019 Vasata’s lawyers contended Vasata was just a peacemaker, and pointed to the fact that he was shot in the rampage. Marc Freeman, sun-sentinel.com, "Jury weighs death penalty for Super Bowl Sunday killer," 26 June 2019 Some cities in the area held the moment of silence at 2:21 p.m., the time the gunman first fired bullets in the rampage. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "A Year After Parkland Shooting, Communities Reflect," 14 Feb. 2019 O’Rourke was stumping in Nevada last Saturday when news alerts hit of a rampage at a Walmart Supercenter. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Did Beto O'Rourke make the right call by skipping the Iowa State Fair after El Paso massacre?," 9 Aug. 2019

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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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to spread over or through

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