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Definition of wild adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    wild

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//waɪld//
     
    (wilder, wildest)
     
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    animals/plants
  1. 1living or growing in natural conditions; not kept in a house or on a farm wild animals/flowers a wild rabbit wild strawberries The plants grow wild along the banks of rivers.
  2. scenery/land
  3. 2 in its natural state; not changed by people wild prairies The island is a wild and lonely place.
  4. out of control
  5. 3lacking discipline or control The boy is wild and completely out of control. He had a wild look in his eyes. wild mood swings
  6. feelings
  7. 4full of very strong feeling wild laughter The crowd went wild. It makes me wild (= very angry) to see such waste.
  8. not sensible
  9. 5not carefully planned; not sensible or accurate He made a wild guess at the answer. wild accusations
  10. exciting
  11. 6(informal) very good, enjoyable, or exciting We had a wild time in New York.
  12. enthusiastic
  13. 7wild about somebody/something (informal) very enthusiastic about someone or something She's totally wild about him. I'm not wild about the idea.
  14. weather/sea
  15. 8affected by storms and strong winds synonym stormy a wild night The sea was wild.
  16.  
    noun [uncountable] see also wildly
  17. Idioms
    beyond somebody's wildest dreams
     
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    far more, better, etc. than you could ever have imagined or hoped for
    not/never in somebody's wildest dreams
     
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    used to say that something has happened in a way that someone did not expect at all Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd meet him again.
    1. 1 to grow or develop freely without any control The ivy has run wild. Let your imagination run wild and be creative.
    2. 2 if children or animals run wild, they behave as they like because no one is controlling them Those boys have been allowed to run wild.
    sow (your) wild oats
     
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    (of young men) to go through a period of wild behavior while young, especially having a lot of romantic or sexual relationships He wants to leave home, sow his wild oats and learn about life.
    sow (your) wild oats
     
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    (of young men) to go through a period of wild behavior while young, especially having a lot of romantic or sexual relationships He wants to leave home, sow his wild oats and learn about life.
    wild horses would not drag, make, etc. somebody (do something)
     
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    used to say that nothing would prevent someone from doing something or make them do something they do not want to do
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: wild