spring Meaning in Cambridge American English Dictionary
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springnoun

 us   /sprɪŋ/

spring noun (SEASON)

[C/U] the season of the year between winter and summer, lasting from March to June north of the equator and from September to December south of the equator, when the weather becomes warmer and leaves and plants start to grow again: [C] last/this/next spring [U] It was a beautiful spring day.

spring noun (CURVED METAL)

[C] a piece of curved or bent metal that can be pressed into a smaller space but will return to its usual shape if released: I could feel the springs of the lumpy mattress.

spring noun (WATER)

[C] a place where water flows out from the ground: The lake is fed by underground springs.

springverb

 us   /sprɪŋ/ (past tense sprang  /spræŋ/ or sprung  /sprʌŋ/ , past participle sprung  /sprʌŋ/ )

spring verb (MOVE QUICKLY)

to move quickly and suddenly toward a particular place or to a new condition: [I always + adv/prep] She sprang out of bed and ran to the window. [L] A single kick made the door spring open.

spring verb (APPEAR SUDDENLY)

[always + adv/prep] to appear or exist suddenly, or to cause something to happen suddenly: [I always + adv/prep] Little patches of weeds seem to spring up everywhere in my backyard. [T always + adv/prep] Mr. Pollack likes to spring quizzes on the class.
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