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verb [intransitive]     spring pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlespringing
past tensesprang
past participlesprung
  1. 1
    mainly literary to jump or move in a particular direction, quickly and with a lot of energy

    The young man turned to hit him, but Corbett sprang back.

    spring to your feet (=stand up quickly):

    Roberts kept springing to his feet to shout at the referee.

    1. a.
      used for saying that something is done quickly and with energy or force
      spring into action/motion:

      Let’s get going,’ my father cried, springing into action.

      spring to someone’s defence/aid/assistance:

      ‘She was just trying to help!’ said Eric, springing to her defence.

    2. b.
      used about objects that open or move quickly and with a lot of energy

      The door sprang open, and Jeremy appeared.

  2. 2
    to happen or appear somewhere suddenly or unexpectedly

    Tears sprang to his eyes as he thought of Helen.

    As they drove further down the road, two old barns sprang into view.

    spring into existence/being:

    A powerful underground movement sprang into existence, led by the Socialists.

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