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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.


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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Set up in a lunge position with your feet hip-width apart. Perri O. Blumberg, Men's Health, 22 July 2022 For example, poses like chair, warrior pose, and crescent lunge are ideal for building strength in your lower-body muscles, Chen says. SELF, 22 June 2022 By adulthood, every Edmontosaurus has seen this happen—a sudden lunge from the edge of the forest, a blur of great jaws erupting from the shadows to crush and consume. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Apr. 2022 There are other exercises that target your quads, including the lunge, step-up, leg extension, and leg press. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 23 Apr. 2022 One of his go-to finisher is the walking chain lunge supersetted with the Romanian deadlift, introducing pauses at the lower end of each rep to maximize that time under tension. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 20 Apr. 2022 The zones include core, squat, push, lunge, pull, agility and bend. Joe Tash, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Mar. 2022 Standing compound exercises—such as the dead lift, lunge, squat, standing cable row, and battle rope waves and slams—engage the core, leg, and foot muscles for stability and balance, in addition to whatever their primary focus is, says Bracko. Amanda Macmillan, Outside Online, 24 Apr. 2015 Lamont’s approach to Stefanowski rarely involves a lunge for the jugular. Mark Pazniokas, Hartford Courant, 31 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For the last week, humpback whales have been feeding on bait fish off Manomet Point in Plymouth, attracting crowds of curious spectators to the area to watch as the animals lunge from the water in search of food. Shannon Larson,, 25 July 2022 His manner is restless and impatient, full of stop-start rhythms, and of characters who coil themselves up in rumination and then, without warning, lash out or lunge across the frame. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 15 July 2022 According to the version relayed to Ms. Hutchinson, Mr. Trump then used his free hand to lunge toward the agent at his clavicle. New York Times, 28 June 2022 But his throw veered left toward the first base side and skipped to the plate, causing Logan to lunge for the ball, scoop it up, and then whip a tag around to the third base side. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 29 May 2022 According to Hutchinson’s testimony about Ornato’s account to her, Trump used his other hand to lunge toward Engel. Carol D. Leonnig, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 According to Hutchinson’s testimony about Ornato’s account to her, Trump used his other hand to lunge toward Engel. Isaac Arnsdorf, Josh Dawsey And Carol D. Leonnig, Anchorage Daily News, 1 July 2022 At one nest, a trio of gawky heron chicks hiss and lunge when Ms. Garner reaches out her hand. Richard Mertens, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 June 2022 Around 20 million years ago, as the Arabian plate drove under the Eurasian, a belt of sedimentary rock lunged, as fast as rock can lunge, into the Miocene air. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lunge


1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1772, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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\ 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


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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