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

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
Recent Examples on the Web This is a feat, considering how my imagination used to run rampant in the dark after watching something scary. Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2021 Meanwhile, predictions about how our health and genetics data could be used to divide us, as a species, have run rampant in other spaces. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, 30 Sep. 2021 Families' life savings are at stake, money could be laundering through banks by terrorist organizations, a Ponzi scheme would wipe out a person’s retirement savings and insider trading could run rampant. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 26 Sep. 2021 This approach allowed misinformation to run rampant in News Feed, saw Facebook groups become hotbeds of violent speech and radicalization, and enabled scammers to earn millions by placing ads that rip off users. Craig Silverman, ProPublica, 22 Sep. 2021 The report states that Facebook’s own research found that teenage girls are particularly susceptible to the mental toll of Instagram, where highly filtered and edited photos promoting unrealistic and often unattainable body standards run rampant. Megan Mccluskey, Time, 15 Sep. 2021 Interpolations have run rampant in the strange year of 2021. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 7 Sep. 2021 And yet the approach to policymaking it epitomized has run rampant throughout the Democratic party ever since. Bryce Covert, The New Republic, 20 Aug. 2021 It’s those kids that Young remained concerned about: Children are being hospitalized for COVID-19 at a record rate in the U.S., with numbers surging since the beginning of July as the Delta variant has run rampant. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2021

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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 rampaunt, rampand, borrowed from Anglo-French rampant "crawling, rampant (in heraldry)," from present participle of ramper "to climb, rear up on the hind legs, creep" — more at ramp entry 1

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The first known use of rampant was in the 14th century

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22 Oct 2021

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“Rampant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rampant. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rampant

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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