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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyspring from
he/she/itsprings from
present participlespringing from
past tensesprang from
past participlesprung from
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  1. 1
    spring from someone/something to come from a particular place, family, or situation

    Hugh’s interest in languages sprang from his upbringing in Spain.

  2. 2
    where did someone/something spring from?

    where has someone/something sprung from?

    used for showing that you are surprised that someone or something is present or that something exists, because they were not there a short time ago

    Is that Ricky? Where did he spring from?

    I wondered where all these new stores had sprung from.

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