Definition of rife adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//raɪf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//raɪf//
    [not before noun]
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  1. 1if something bad or unpleasant is rife in a place, it is very common there synonym widespread It is a country where corruption is rife. Rumours are rife that he is going to resign.
  2. 2rife (with something) full of something bad or unpleasant Los Angeles is rife with gossip about the stars' private lives.
  3. Word Originlate Old English rȳfe, probably from Old Norse rīfr ‘acceptable’.Extra examples Cheating remains rife. Speculation was rife among the students. Corruption was rife in the south of the country. Racism was rife among the colonials. Rumours have been rife in media circles all summer. Speculation is rife that the company is about to be sold. Temperatures were extreme and epidemics rife.
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