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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prevailing, prevalent, predominant, dominant, rifeadjective

    most frequent or common

    "prevailing winds"

  2. overabundant, plethoric, rifeadjective

    excessively abundant


  1. rifeadverb

    Plentifully, abundantly.

    The snowdrops grow rife on the slopes of Mount Pembroke.

  2. rifeadjective

    Abounding; present in large numbers, plentiful.

    The red deer are rife in these woodlands.

  3. rifeadjective

    Widespread, common (especially of unpleasant or harmful things).

    The red deer are rife in these woodlands.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rifeadjective

    prevailing; prevalent; abounding

    Etymology: [AS. rf abundant, or Icel. rfr munificent; akin to OD. riff, rijve, abundant.]

  2. Rifeadjective

    having power; active; nimble

    Etymology: [AS. rf abundant, or Icel. rfr munificent; akin to OD. riff, rijve, abundant.]


  1. RIFE

    RIFE is a content management framework designed for rapid web application development in Java, without using J2EE. RIFE's design blends together in a consistent component object model two approaches, request-based and component-based. Through a centralized site structure, an application can be split up into reusable binary modules that can be integrated into other projects.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rife

    rīf, adj. prevailing: abundant: plentiful: well supplied: current: manifest.—adv. Rife′ly.—n. Rife′ness. [A.S. rífe; Dut. rijf, Ice. rífr.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. rife

    An old provincial term for a salt-water pond.

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Anagrams for rife »

  1. fire, refi

  2. Fire

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rife in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rife in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of rife in a Sentence

  1. David McQueen:

    It's probably the closest thing to reviving subsidies, which were rife in the US when the iPhone first hit the market.

  2. Jason Chaffetz:

    EPA is rife with incompetence and Region 5 [which Hedman was in charge of] is no exception, one resignation will not change the top to bottom scrubbing EPA needs, but it is a step in the right direction.

  3. Kelli Ward:

    Congress's bipartisan spending addiction was on full display earlier this year when Arizona Reps. Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally voted for the $ 1.3 trillion omnibus bill, which was rife with waste and funded innumerable Democratic priorities, the President's proposed spending cuts should be passed right away.

  4. Mike Gold:

    I would caution anyone from popping the champagne quite yet, this matter is rife with the opportunity for misperception and misunderstanding.

  5. Qari Yousaf Ahmadi:

    There are allegations that our communication is rife with sensationalism and embellishment but we never abandon the truth, we correct it immediately.

Images & Illustrations of rife

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    one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
    • A. usurious
    • B. motile
    • C. tantamount
    • D. askant

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