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

dab, dig, jab, poke

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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

With your knee pads firmly in place, spin down and side lunge to really work the muscle between the butt and upper hamstring—or, in Janet’s case, the place between space and time. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "Happy Birthday, Janet Jackson! How to Get Her Rock-Hard Body in 12 GIFS," 16 May 2019 Shoulders and back: Step into a lunge with your front leg bent and your back leg straight; raise your arms overhead, palms facing in. Sink lower and reach upward, lifting your chest. Jenna Dedić, Redbook, "Swim Your Way Stronger," 25 May 2017 Step one leg back into a reverse lunge, bending your knees 90 degrees and keeping your weight in your front leg. Sara Angle, Outside Online, "The Best Glutes Exercises," 19 June 2018 Unlike a squat, the lunge forces you to recruit other muscles to maintain balance. NBC News, "Got 30 minutes? Try these 5 total-body compound exercises," 4 Apr. 2018 Different lunges work your muscles a little differently. Amy Marturana, SELF, "18 Lunge Variations That Will Work Your Butt From Every Angle," 5 Apr. 2019 Exercises might include wide knee squats, lunge-type stretching and bridge poses. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "A Climber Still Seeking New Peaks Later in Life," 26 Jan. 2019 This means that moving in other ways, say, laterally to do a side lunge, or diagonally to do a woodchop, might feel difficult and unfamiliar. Laura Schwecherl, SELF, "Why All Runners Should Consider Adding Yoga to Their Routines," 15 Jan. 2019 Unlike lunges and squats, which involve a lot of bending and straightening of the knees, the movement in the kettlebell swing comes from the hips. Amy Marturana, SELF, "How to Do the Perfect Kettlebell Swing," 4 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Also, just like squatting, different people may lunge slightly differently. Amy Marturana, SELF, "18 Lunge Variations That Will Work Your Butt From Every Angle," 5 Apr. 2019 As his tormentors were distracted, the victim lunged for the stairs and quickly scaled them, prosecutors said. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Lawyer in hazmat suit held man hostage, pulled out bolt cutters to slice his genitals, Ala. cops say | Miami Herald," 26 Apr. 2018 The group said witnesses said officers lunged at Ohene, tackled him, and pinned him to the ground, according to their statement. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "Cambridge police to conduct internal review following use of force during arrest," 14 Apr. 2018 Pratt wrote on Instagram, inspiring us to squat/flex/lunge our way to toned cheeks. Grace Gavilanes, PEOPLE.com, "The Chris Pratt Guide to Getting Red Carpet-Ready," 22 May 2018 But prosecutors, bolstered by forensic evidence, argued that McKnight never lunged into the vehicle or came close to Gasser because there was no evidence of gunpowder or stippling on his body and clothing. Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com, "Before sentencing, judge to take up request for new trial in Joe McKnight killing," 15 Mar. 2018 Treadway lunged to her left, dove for the ball, got up and fired to first, just nipping Piedra. Jeff Tully, latimes.com, "Porras pitches Burbank softball to rout of Glendale," 18 Apr. 2018 Hotel security reportedly got involved when Harley lunged at Magro and attacked him. refinery29.com, "Ronnie Magro's Ex & Mother Of His Child Arrested For Domestic Battery," 25 June 2018 The most recent attack happened when a coyote entered a family's garage and lunged at a 2-year-old child. Maria Carter, Country Living, "This Town Just Had Its Fourth Coyote Attack In a Single Month," 11 July 2015

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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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lunge

noun

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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