lunge

noun
\ ˈlənj How to pronounce lunge (audio) \

Definition of lunge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
3 : an exercise in which a person in a standing position steps forward into a position in which the front knee is deeply bent while keeping the torso erect and then returns back to the starting position also : a similar exercise in which the initial movement is to the side rather than forward

Note: A lunge can be done while holding weights or without weights.

lunge

verb
lunged; lunging

Definition of lunge (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a lunge : move with or as if with a lunge
2 : to perform a lunge exercise (see lunge entry 1 sense 3)

transitive verb

: to thrust or propel (something, such as a blow) in a lunge

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Synonyms for lunge

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of lunge in a Sentence

Noun He made a lunge at me with his knife. He made a desperate lunge for the ball. Verb He lunged at me with his knife. She lunged across the table. The crocodile lunged at its prey. The dog lunged for his throat.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Additionally, no-equipment workouts hit their all-time highs in Google searches over the past three months; across the world, people were searching best running, jogging, burpee, sit-up, push-up, lunge and squat techniques. Jane Morice | Jmorice@cleveland.com, cleveland, "What the world wanted to know during coronavirus shutdowns: Most-searched Google trends," 3 June 2020 But these lunges toward acceptance always seem to fall short. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "A New History of Being Asian-American," 14 May 2020 Trainers will lead you through chest flys with weights, yoga poses, and lunges. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "The Best Zoom Workout Classes To Sweat To This Week," 1 May 2020 For an advanced movement, try jump lunges to get your heart rate up. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "The Best At-Home Workouts to Help You Stay Healthy and Fit, According to Personal Trainers," 16 Mar. 2020 How to Progress Into a Perfect Lunge Start with body-weight stationary lunges. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "The 4 Most Common Mistakes Made While Lunging," 11 Feb. 2020 Single-leg deadlift to reverse lunge Lunge jump Push-up Rest one minute. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, "A Full-Body Dumbbell Workout That Takes Just 25 Minutes," 30 Apr. 2020 Round the world lunges Step into a forward lunge with your left leg then step back to standing position. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Tone It Up’s Karena Dawn Shows How to Get a Toned Booty Without Any Equipment," 23 Apr. 2020 Harvard-Westlake coach Aaron Huerta had his 31 players do 100 pushups, 100 situps, 100 squats and 100 lunges over a Zoom call. Los Angeles Times, "Harvard-Westlake to face Brooklyn Poly Prep Country Day in virtual sports competition," 16 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Famous dancers, the glory of the country—men tall and handsome, ballerinas seemingly cut from a piece of ivory by the same masterful hand—leaped and lunged in perfect unison, their costumes lavish, their movements flawless. Anastasia Edel, The New York Review of Books, "A Winter’s Night at the Bolshoi, 1985," 6 Mar. 2020 The children's mother, Brittany Ingle, reportedly lunged at Shepherd in the courtroom after the sentencing Wednesday and had to be restrained. Indianapolis Star, "Woman gets 4 years prison, 3 years house arrest for Fulton County bus stop crash that killed three kids," 18 Dec. 2019 In response, the city argued that Elifritz’s behavior -- his failure to drop his knife after repeated police commands and his decision to lunge at officers -- led police to shoot and kill him. oregonlive, "Judge dismisses suit against Portland police who fatally shot armed man inside homeless shelter," 14 May 2020 All with Butler lunging at a player taking his open shot. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "The 2020 NCAA tournament that could have been: Michigan State bound for Atlanta?," 22 Mar. 2020 If my dog is on a leash and your unleashed dog runs up to it, my sweet Mrs. Fluffy, feeling restrained and cornered, might lunge at your evil Mr. Devildog, fangs exposed. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Your Trail Dog Sucks (Mine Does, Too)," 18 Mar. 2020 The clerk offered him a new room, but the man started to swear at him and called him a name, threatening to kill him and lunging at him. cleveland, "Motel guest tells police to arrest her: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 12 Mar. 2020 In the clip, captured at ’s Kruger National Park, a Cape cobra, which would be intimidating to many much larger mammals, including this human, is seen lunging at a Cape ground squirrel. Melissa Locker, Time, "Tough Squirrel Mother Will Stop at Nothing to Protect the Babies From a Cobra in This Intense Standoff," 3 Mar. 2020 The witness said Negroponte took a knife out of a kitchen drawer and lunged at Rasmussen, stabbing him. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "February 17, 2020," 17 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of lunge

Noun

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1772, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for lunge

Noun

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

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The first known use of lunge was in 1748

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24 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lunge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lunge. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for lunge

lunge

noun
How to pronounce lunge (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of lunge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sudden forward movement

lunge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of lunge (Entry 2 of 2)

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

lunge

noun
\ ˈlənj How to pronounce lunge (audio) \

Kids Definition of lunge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

lunge

verb
lunged; lunging

Kids Definition of lunge (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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