rampant

adjective
ram·​pant | \ ˈram-pənt also -ˌpant How to pronounce rampant (audio) \

Definition of rampant

1a : rearing upon the hind legs with forelegs extended
b : standing on one hind foot with one foreleg raised above the other and the head in profile used of a heraldic animal
2a : marked by a menacing wildness, extravagance, or absence of restraint rampant rumors
b : profusely widespread rampant weeds

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rampant 1b: a lion rampant

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rampantly adverb

Examples of rampant in a Sentence

a weed that's rampant in this area the mayor promised to put a stop to the rampant crime that plagued the city

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Widespread frustration over rampant unemployment and poverty has boiled over into strikes and demonstrations. Washington Post, "Why Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe Remains Mired in Misery," 18 Sep. 2019 Playing catch up with the rampant Reds is not a good place to be in. SI.com, "Why Aymeric Laporte's Injury Makes Liverpool Favourites for the Premier League Title," 14 Sep. 2019 Warren also unsurprisingly offered one of the best points of the brief segment, pointing to the rampant corruption that defines the deep-rooted relationship Congress and American politics have with the fossil fuel industry. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "It’s Not That Hard to Have a Substantive Exchange About Global Warming," 13 Sep. 2019 But today the Amazon stands close to a tipping point, as rampant deforestation combines with climate change to threaten the rain forest’s very existence. Time, "'Inside the Amazon: The Dying Forest' AR Experience," 12 Sep. 2019 Experience has acquainted thousands of Americans with a disturbing trend: Identity theft is a rampant crime. Patty Limerick, The Denver Post, "Limerick: Defending words from identity theft," 12 Sep. 2019 There was rampant expectation among those who follow it closely that Taiwan might be invited to join, which would be another logical progression. Therese Shaheen, National Review, "The Need to Clarify and Strengthen Our Relationship with Taiwan," 11 Sep. 2019 After the hiatus, Chaplin’s crew realized that, due to rampant development, their Hollywood location was no longer suitable. Katherine Yamada, Glendale News-Press, "Verdugo Views: Charlie Chaplin’s time filming ‘The Circus’ had comedic moments of its own," 5 Sep. 2019 Because people seem to lose their minds while driving on 280. Rear-end collisions are rampant due to people texting or attempting to do their makeup while manning a moving vehicle. Birmingham Magazine, al, "Birmingham magazine’s Best and Worst of Birmingham," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of rampant

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rampant

Middle English, from Anglo-French, present participle of ramper

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rampant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rampant

usually disapproving used to describe something that is very common or that is spreading very quickly and in a way that is difficult to control
: growing quickly and in a way that is difficult to control

rampant

adjective
ram·​pant | \ ˈram-pənt How to pronounce rampant (audio) \

Kids Definition of rampant

: existing or growing greatly and quickly Fear was rampant in the town.

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