Meaning of rife

rife

Pronunciation: (rīf), [key]
  1. of common or frequent occurrence; prevalent; in widespread existence, activity, or use: Crime is rife in the slum areas of our cities.
  2. current in speech or report: Rumors are rife that the government is in financial difficulty.
  3. abundant, plentiful, or numerous.
  4. abounding (usually fol. by with).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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