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spring

noun uk   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.

spring noun (WATER)

C1 [C] (also springs) a place where water naturally flows out from the ground: bubbling/hot springs

spring

verb [I usually + adv/prep] uk   us   /sprɪŋ/ (sprang or US also sprung, sprung)

spring verb [I usually + adv/prep] (MOVE QUICKLY)

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.

spring verb [I usually + adv/prep] (APPEAR SUDDENLY)

C2 informal to appear suddenly: "Where did you spring from? - I didn't see you come in!"

spring

adjective US (UK sprung)
(of furniture) using springs (= curved pieces of metal) to give support
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