Meaning of RIOT in English

(~s, ~ing, ~ed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


When there is a ~, a crowd of people behave violently in a public place, for example they fight, throw stones, or damage buildings and vehicles.

Twelve inmates have been killed during a ~ at the prison.



If people ~, they behave violently in a public place.

Last year 600 inmates ~ed, starting fires and building barricades...


~er (~ers)

The militia dispersed the ~ers.



At least fifteen people are now known to have died in three days of ~ing.



If you say that there is a ~ of something pleasant such as colour, you mean that there is a large amount of various types of it.

All the cacti were in flower, so that the desert was a ~ of colour...

N-SING: a N of n approval


If someone in authority reads you the ~ act, they tell you that you will be punished unless you start behaving properly.

I’m glad you read the ~ act to Billy. He’s still a kid and still needs to be told what to do.

PHRASE: V inflects


If people run ~, they behave in a wild and uncontrolled manner.

Rampaging prisoners ran ~ through Strangeways jail.

PHRASE: V inflects


If something such as your imagination runs ~, it is not limited or controlled, and produces ideas that are new or exciting, rather than sensible.

A conservatory offers the perfect excuse to let your imagination run ~.

PHRASE: V inflects

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