verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
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Origin of sprawl
OTHER WORDS FROM sprawlsprawler, nounsprawl·ing·ly, adverb
Words nearby sprawl
Example sentences from the Web for sprawl
During the 1980s, urban sprawl and increased outdoor recreation meant that humans and bears were interacting more and more.These Bears Have a Job, and It's Destroying Coolers|Emma Walker|October 9, 2020|Outside Online
Depending on who you ask, it represents sprawl or badly needed units that will satisfy the city’s larger housing goals.Morning Report: A New Twist in the Navigation Center Saga|Voice of San Diego|October 1, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Martinek also said he believes there is enough space for infill development throughout the city that will help Oceanside meet its housing requirements rather than a project that contributes to urban sprawl.North County Report: North River Farms and More Big Politifest Convos|Kayla Jimenez|September 30, 2020|Voice of San Diego
One of the major problems was that the county allowed sprawl developers to offset projects by purchasing carbon offsets in international markets, which have little oversight or accountability.Morning Report: Key Decisions Fueled COVID’s Spread in Downtown Jail|Voice of San Diego|September 29, 2020|Voice of San Diego
In 2009, county planners rejected the project, saying it was out of step with the county’s plan to concentrate housing development in village areas, rather than maintaining the county’s patterns of sprawl.
“To minimize sprawl” has become a bedrock catchphrase of the core political ideology.
Obama and the Democrats have embraced the argument that suburbs and sprawl are bad for you.
Auto factories tend to sprawl horizontally over huge lots, and have flat roofs.
The goal, of course, is to facilitate ever more densification of urban areas and to rein in the dreaded suburban “sprawl.”Are Millennials Turning Their Backs on the American Dream?|Joel Kotkin|November 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And when it comes to muddling through the ever-expanding sprawl of the Internet, you can never have too many tricks.
The grass still made a carpet over its roots, inviting me to sprawl at full length and renew our voiceless communion.The Red Cow and Her Friends|Peter McArthur
The black man sprang high up into the air, and shot out both his arms and his legs, coming down all a-sprawl among the heather.The White Company|Arthur Conan Doyle
The movement had stopped, and he was allowed to sprawl on the ground.Huntingtower|John Buchan
This paragon, though seventy years old, used to dress in baby's clothes and sprawl about upon the floor.Peeps at Many Lands: Japan|John Finnemore
Even the multiplication table failed here, and at this, variously a-sprawl on the turf beneath, the smaller fry giggled.Red Cap Tales|Samuel Rutherford Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for sprawl
- the urban area formed by the expansion of a town or city into surrounding countrysidethe urban sprawl
- the process by which this has happened