lunge

noun
\ ˈlənj \

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

Simply take a beach ball and, using a permanent marker, write quick and easy exercise movements on the ball: five squats, 10 lunges, 15 pushups, 20 jumping jacks, 25 crunches. Mike Candelaria, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Got 5 minutes? You have time to exercise," 11 July 2018 The turning point came when Hazard surged away from Phil Jones, whose desperate lunge brought the Belgian down for a penalty that the ice-cool midfielder converted with ease. Steve Griffiths, chicagotribune.com, "Cahill: Chelsea FA Cup victory 'saves our season'," 19 May 2018 Try jumping jacks, jogging in place, squats, crunches, marches or lunges. Jenny Crouse, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "3-2-1-0: Blast off to a healthier new year for your family!," 13 Jan. 2018 The Colombians then wildly appealed for a penalty, after goalkeeper N'Diaye made a wild lunge to prevent Luis Muriel having a shot on goal, but crucially the Horoya AC man took the ball before the man. SI.com, "Senegal 0-1 Colombia: Lethal Los Cafeteros Edge Into Last 16 as Cissé's Side Crash Out on Fair Play," 28 June 2018 Burpees with a jumping knee tuck (abs and the extra metabolic push rolled into one) Treat it like a superset, doing one activity after the other with no rest, in this order: push-ups, deadlifts, pull-ups, lunges, and knee-tuck burpees. Clay Skipper, GQ, "The 5 Best Exercises at the Gym, According to Personal Trainers," 29 June 2018 With just one careless lunge, Paul Gascoigne's chances of realising a childhood dream had come crashing down. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 7 Weeks to Go - Gazza's Tears, a Defining Moment in English Football," 7 May 2018 Examples of dynamic stretches include marching in place, arm circles, walking lunges, and bird dogs. Philly.com, "3 common fitness 'tips' to ignore," 17 Apr. 2018 Starting with one foot, lunge forward while pressing your wands overhead, so you back knee is in contact with the ground and your elbows are fully locked overhead. Michelle Ward Trainor, PEOPLE.com, "Turn a Harry Potter Movie Marathon into an At-Home Workout with These Wizard-Inspired Moves," 9 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Oliveira landed a right that buckled Guida and Guida, perhaps out of desperation, lunged into his midsection, which proved a fatal mistake. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Clay Guida, Mike Santiago lose on home turf at Chicago's UFC 225," 10 June 2018 In the last few months, the surge in animals being brought onto planes has resulted in some animals urinating, defecating, biting, barking and lunging on planes, according to carriers. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Federal agency says it won't oppose airlines' new restrictions on emotional support animals," 16 May 2018 The suspect lunged, jabbed and threatened to harm the employee with the knife before fleeing. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Police accuse Redmond O'Neal of violent crime spree, knife attacks," 9 June 2018 Tucker slapped and pushed Sharpe and her son can be seen lunging toward the woman. Britni Danielle, Essence.com, "This White Woman Was Arrested After She Was Caught On Video Attacking Two Black Military Members," 17 Apr. 2018 But Pavard compensated memorably just nine minutes later, combining with the other 22-year-old newcomer in France’s back four: Lucas Hernández. Hernández’s lunging cross from the left wing bounced twice through the core of the Argentine defense. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Benjamin Pavard, and His World Cup Highlight, Came Out of Nowhere," 4 July 2018 Deal, who was not involved in the traffic crash, then lunges without apparent hesitation toward the officer who then fires several shots while stepping backward. Robert Moran, Philly.com, "Bodycam video shows A.C. cop fatal shooting of man allegedly armed with knife," 3 July 2018 Max Kepler made a lunging catch on Caleb Joseph’s sinking line drive to right that would have put two on with no out in the third. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Cashner's quality start, Schoop's two homers not enough in Orioles' 5-2 loss to Twins," 6 July 2018 Rachel screamed and lunged forwards, into the line of fire. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The geopolitics of the afterlife get messy in the new sci-fi spy novel Summerland," 17 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for lunge

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 \

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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