Meaning of “spring” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /sprɪŋ/ past tense and past participle sprang, also US sprung, past participle sprung
spring back/forward/out, etc

to jump or move somewhere suddenly:

The cat sprang onto the sofa.
I tried to shut the door, but it kept springing open.
spring to life

to suddenly become very active:

After about 8 o'clock, the city springs to life.
spring to mind

If a word or idea springs to mind, you suddenly think of it:

He asked if I knew any good places to go, but nothing sprang to mind.

(Definition of “spring verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)