jump/move suddenly1 [intransitive] (+ adverb/preposition) (of a person or an animal) to move suddenly and with one quick movement in a particular direction synonym leapHe turned off the alarm and sprang out of bed.Everyone sprang to their feet (= stood up suddenly) when the principal walked in.The cat crouched ready to spring.The attacker sprang out at her from a doorway.(figurative)to spring to someone's defense/assistance (= to quickly defend or help someone)2 [intransitive] (of an object) to move suddenly and violently + adverb/prepositionThe branch sprang back and hit him in the face. + adjectiveShe turned the key and the lid sprang open.
surprise3 [transitive] to do something, ask something, or say something that someone is not expecting spring somethingShe sprang a surprise by winning the tournament. spring something on someoneI'm sorry to spring it on you, but I've been offered another job.
appear suddenly4 [intransitive] + adverb/preposition to appear or come somewhere suddenlyTears sprang to her eyes.He tried to bite back the words that sprang to his lips.
free prisoner5 [transitive] spring someone (informal) to help a prisoner to escapePlans to spring the hostages have failed.
come/spring to mind
if something comes/springs to mind, you suddenly remember or think of itWhen discussing influential modern artists, three names immediately come to mind.come to mindspring to mind
hope springs eternal(saying) people never stop hopinghope springs eternal
spring into action|
spring into/to life(of a person, machine, etc.) to suddenly start working or doing something“Let's go!” he said, springing into action.The town springs into life (= becomes busy) during the carnival.spring into action
spring a leak(of a boat or container) to develop a hole through which water or another liquid can passspring a leak