rampant

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adjective ram·pant \ ˈram-pənt also -ˌpant \

Definition of rampant

1 a :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
2 a :marked by a menacing wildness, extravagance, or absence of restraint
  • rampant rumors
b :profusely widespread
  • rampant weeds

rampantly

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Examples of rampant in a Sentence

  1. a weed that's rampant in this area

  2. the mayor promised to put a stop to the rampant crime that plagued the city

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Origin and Etymology of rampant

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



RAMPANT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of rampant for English Language Learners

  • —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 Defined for Kids

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adjective ram·pant \ ˈram-pənt \

Definition of rampant for Students

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


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