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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Especially in San Francisco, homelessness is at least partly untethered from the housing market: Drug abuse and serious psychological problems are rampant. James Sutton, National Review, "Don’t Blame Big Tech for San Francisco’s Homelessness Crisis," 13 June 2019 To add insult to injury, the abuse is rampant even at Fairlife’s ‘flagship farm in Indiana’ that customers are urged to visit on the Products’ labels. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, "Fairlife, Fair Oaks Farms owners hit with lawsuit alleging fraud for claiming 'extraordinary care' of cows," 12 June 2019 The rumors of Xbox Scarlett, the next-generation of Xbox consoles, are rampant, but there's no telling if the company will be ready to reveal an actual console. Leah Asmelash And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "Here's what you need to know about E3 2019," 7 June 2019 The plants featured in the video are an invasive perennial species that is rampant on farms all over the midwest. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Fair Oaks Farms under investigation after undercover video exposes animal abuse," 7 June 2019 Truancy was rampant at AIPCS, and the students who did show up spent more time in the corridors than in class. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "A Charter-School Principal Won’t Go to Prison," 30 Apr. 2019 For now, solar growth is rampant throughout the country, which is necessary and good. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Solar Revolution Is Coming—But Not to Everyone," 23 Jan. 2019 Fashion’s unrealistic beauty standards and the below-size-zero samples often used by designers have made for a perilous working environment in which eating disorders run rampant and agencies encourage thinness no matter the cost. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Models Get Real About Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Size Discrimination," 9 Apr. 2019 More than 40,000 Georgians called a voter-protection hotline on Election Day and for 10 days after to report rampant election irregularities. Brittney Cooper, Marie Claire, "Stacey Abrams Is Just Getting Started," 11 Mar. 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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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


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Kids Definition of rampant

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

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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