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1lunge

noun \ˈlənj\

: a sudden forward movement

Full Definition of LUNGE

1
:  a quick thrust or jab (as of a sword) usually made by leaning or striding forward
2
:  a sudden forward rush or reach <made a lunge to catch the ball>
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Examples of LUNGE

  1. He made a lunge at me with his knife.
  2. He made a desperate lunge for the ball.

Origin of LUNGE

modification of French allonge extension, reach, from Old French alonge, from alongier to lengthen, from Vulgar Latin *allongare, from Latin ad- ad- + Late Latin longare, from Latin longus long
First Known Use: 1748

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2lunge

verb

: to move or reach forward in a sudden, forceful way

lungedlung·ing

Full Definition of LUNGE

intransitive verb
:  to make a lunge :  move with or as if with a lunge
transitive verb
:  to thrust or propel (as a blow) in a lunge

Examples of LUNGE

  1. He lunged at me with his knife.
  2. She lunged across the table.
  3. The crocodile lunged at its prey.
  4. The dog lunged for his throat.

First Known Use of LUNGE

1772
LUNGING Defined for Kids

1lunge

noun \ˈlənj\

Definition of LUNGE for Kids

:  a sudden movement forward <… the shark opened his mouth … and made a lunge at the peach. — Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach>

2lunge

verb
lungedlung·ing

Definition of LUNGE for Kids

:  to move or reach forward in a sudden forceful way <She lunged across the table.>

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