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springs, springing, sprang, sprung

  1. N-VAR Spring is the season between winter and summer when the weather becomes warmer and plants start to grow again.

  2. N-COUNT A spring is a spiral of wire which returns to its original shape after it is pressed or pulled.

  3. N-COUNT: usu pl A spring is a place where water comes up through the ground. It is also the water that comes from that place.

  4. VERB When a person or animal springs, they jump upwards or forwards suddenly or quickly.

  5. VERB If something springs in a particular direction, it moves suddenly and quickly.

  6. VERB If things or people spring into action or spring to life, they suddenly start being active or suddenly come into existence.

  7. VERB If one thing springs from another thing, it is the result of it.

  8. VERB If a boat or container springs a leak, water or some other liquid starts coming in or out through a crack.

  9. VERB If you spring some news or a surprise on someone, you tell them something that they did not expect to hear, without warning them.

  10. spring to mind see mind

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sprɪ̱ŋSpring is the season between winter and summer when the weather becomes warmer and plants start to grow again.Examples

The Labor government of Western Australia has an election due next spring...
We met again in the spring of 1977.

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Word forms


Basic forms
Pastsprang, sprung
Present Participle (Participle I)springing
Past Participle (Participle II)sprung
Present Indefinite, Active Voice
I springwe spring
you springyou spring
he/she/it springsthey spring
Present Continuous, Active Voice
I am springingwe are springing
you are springingyou are springing
he/she/it is springingthey are springing
Present Perfect, Active Voice
I have sprungwe have sprung
you have sprungyou have sprung
he/she/it has sprungthey have sprung
Present Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I have been springingwe have been springing
you have been springingyou have been springing
he/she/it has been springingthey have been springing
Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I sprang, sprungwe sprang, sprung
you sprang, sprungyou sprang, sprung
he/she/it sprang, sprungthey sprang, sprung
Past Continuous, Active Voice
I was springingwe were springing
you were springingyou were springing
he/she/it was springingthey were springing
Past Perfect, Active Voice
I had sprungwe had sprung
you had sprungyou had sprung
he/she/it had sprungthey had sprung
Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I had been springingwe had been springing
you had been springingyou had been springing
he/she/it had been springingthey had been springing
Future Indefinite, Active Voice
I shall/will springwe shall/will spring
you will springyou will spring
he/she/it will springthey will spring
Future Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will be springingwe shall/will be springing
you will be springingyou will be springing
he/she/it will be springingthey will be springing
Future Perfect, Active Voice
I shall/will have sprungwe shall/will have sprung
you will have sprungyou will have sprung
he/she/it will have sprungthey will have sprung
Future Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will have been springingwe shall/will have been springing
you will have been springingyou will have been springing
he/she/it will have been springingthey will have been springing
Future in the Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I should/would springwe should/would spring
you would springyou would spring
he/she/it would springthey would spring
Future in the Past Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would be springingwe should/would be springing
you would be springingyou would be springing
he/she/it would be springingthey would be springing
Future in the Past Perfect, Active Voice
I should/would have sprungwe should/would have sprung
you would have sprungyou would have sprung
he/she/it would have sprungthey would have sprung
Future in the Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would have been springingwe should/would have been springing
you would have been springingyou would have been springing
he/she/it would have been springingthey would have been springing
Present Indefinite, Passive Voice
I am sprungwe are sprung
you are sprungyou are sprung
he/she/it is sprungthey are sprung
Present Continuous, Passive Voice
I am being sprungwe are being sprung
you are being sprungyou are being sprung
he/she/it is being sprungthey are being sprung
Present Perfect, Passive Voice
I have been sprungwe have been sprung
you have been sprungyou have been sprung
he/she/it has been sprungthey have been sprung
Past Indefinite, Passive Voice
I was sprungwe were sprung
you were sprungyou were sprung
he/she/it was sprungthey were sprung
Past Continuous, Passive Voice
I was being sprungwe were being sprung
you were being sprungyou were being sprung
he/she/it was being sprungthey were being sprung
Past Perfect, Passive Voice
I had been sprungwe had been sprung
you had been sprungyou had been sprung
he/she/it had been sprungthey had been sprung
Future Indefinite, Passive Voice
I shall/will be sprungwe shall/will be sprung
you will be sprungyou will be sprung
he/she/it will be sprungthey will be sprung
Future Perfect, Passive Voice
I shall/will have been sprungwe shall/will have been sprung
you will have been sprungyou will have been sprung
he/she/it will have been sprungthey will have been sprung


Common casespringsprings
Possessive casespring'ssprings'