Definition of 'rife'
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The game is rife with corruption and needs cleaning up. The Sun (2016) Rumours are rife she had it enhanced. The Sun (2011)Washington was rife with speculation last week about the precise nature of the operation. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Social sites are also rife with viruses. Times, Sunday Times (2008) Poverty is rife and youth unemployment high. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It is still rife throughout the criminal justice system and social services. The Sun (2015)Rumours of corruption have also been rife. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Gangs are still rife and crime and cruelty is what fuels them. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The force was rife with such corruption. Christianity Today (2000)Fraud is also rife in these dodgy dealings. The Sun (2015) Rumours are rife that some faces may be given the chop as part of a bid to save more money. The Sun (2009)Staff shortages are rife on many wards and yet the pressure is still on for them to do more with less. The Sun (2011)That industry is rife with it. Times, Sunday Times (2012)To call on people to make it their civic duty to give back payments when fuel poverty is so rife is great. The Sun (2011)Tourism officials say that while crime is rife in some areas, visitors are seldom affected. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Mobile phones This is an area rife with etiquette problems. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Similar bad practice remains rife in the industry, with many elderly people unable to gain redress. Times, Sunday Times (2010) Rumours are rife the chart-topping singer is about to join the yummy mummy club. The Sun (2007) Disease is also rife in the tiny squalid rooms where eight to ten men live, sleeping on bunk beds. Times, Sunday Times (2015)A laddish culture is rife in many universities, and cuts across all social classes. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Despite leaving the soap a decade ago, rumours were rife last year she was returning to Weatherfield. The Sun (2013) Poverty is still rife. Times, Sunday Times (2013)
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In Common Usage. rife is one of the 10000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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Translations for 'rife'
British English: rife ADJECTIVE
If you say that something, usually something bad, is rife in a place or that the place is rife with it, you mean that it is very common.
Speculation is rife that he will be sacked.
Definition of rife from the Collins English Dictionary
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