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riot

[ rahy-uht ]
/ ˈraɪ ət /
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noun

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to spend (money, time, etc.) in riotous living (usually followed by away or out).

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Idioms for riot

    run riot,
    1. to act without control or restraint: The neighbors let their children run riot.
    2. to grow luxuriantly or abundantly: Crab grass is running riot in our lawn.

Origin of riot

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English: debauchery, revel, violent disturbance <Old French riot(e) debate, dispute, quarrel, derivative of rihoter, riot(t)er to quarrel; (v.) Middle English rioten<Old French rihoter, riot(t)er

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British Dictionary definitions for riot

riot
/ (ˈraɪət) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of riot

rioter, nounrioting, noun

Word Origin for riot

C13: from Old French riote dispute, from ruihoter to quarrel, probably from ruir to make a commotion, from Latin rugīre to roar
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Idioms and Phrases with riot

riot

see read the riot act; run amok (riot).

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