Definition of rampant
1a : rearing upon the hind legs with forelegs extendedb : 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 rumorsb : profusely widespread rampant weeds
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
Recent Examples of rampant from the Web
Yet those who peddle the rampant voter fraud canard have been looking for evidence to support their theories, all in an effort to justify ever-stricter voting laws.
And human-rights activists in Serbia have expressed concern that the appointment of Brnabić is an empty gesture meant to conceal the widespread homophobia that is still rampant in the Balkans.
Grochola, who lives in the trailer next to the one the victims occupied, said the entire mobile home community was on edge over the incident and that gossip and speculation about what happened was rampant.
In Fairhope, voters fearing the effects of rampant growth put Wilson in the mayoral job last year, as well as swept in three new council members.
Clad in clown makeup, matching smocks and hairnets festooned with frilly gills, these aquatic creatures appear totally alien at first, but eventually reveal multiple humanlike traits: callous manipulation, rampant tribalism … and perhaps, love?
However, Trump ceaselessly invoked the story of Kathryn Steinle, who was murdered in 2015 by an immigrant who had been ordered deported five times as an example of rampant immigrant crime.
Kirk and her sister, Charmayne Healy, felt as if everyone had given up trying to do anything about the rampant drug use.
Drugs, guns and violence Addiction to heroin or crystal meth is rampant on Las Vegas Trail.
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Origin and Etymology of rampant
Middle English, from Anglo-French, present participle of ramper
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
RAMPANT Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of rampant for Students
: existing or growing greatly and quickly Fear was rampant in the town.
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