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"spring" in British English

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springnoun

uk   /sprɪŋ/  us   /sprɪŋ/
  • spring noun (SEASON)

A2 [C or 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, leaves and plants start to grow again and flowers appear: Many bulbs bloom in (the) spring. Janet's coming over for a couple of weeks next spring. It's been a very wet spring. a spring day/morning spring flowers/weather

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  • spring noun (CURVED METAL)

[C] a piece of curved or bent metal that can be pressed into a smaller space but then returns to its usual shape: The children have jumped on the couch so much that they've ruined the springs.
[U] something's ability to return to its usual shape after it has been pressed: Over the years the mattress has lost its spring.

springverb [I usually + adv/prep]

uk   /sprɪŋ/  us   /sprɪŋ/ (sprang or US also sprung, sprung)
C2 to move quickly and suddenly towards a particular place: I sprang out of bed to answer the door. The organization is ready to spring into action (= start taking action) the moment it receives its funding. He always springs to his feet when she walks in the room.figurative I noticed the way you sprang to his defence when Caroline started joking about his clothes. The lid of the box sprang shut.
C2 informal to appear suddenly: "Where did you spring from? - I didn't see you come in!"

springadjective

/sprɪŋ/  us /sprɪŋ/ US (UK sprung)
(Definition of spring from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"spring" in American English

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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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(Definition of spring from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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