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

Without pausing, push through the heel of your left foot and the ball of your right foot to jump up, switching your stance again and sinking down into the lunge. SELF, "Strengthen Your Entire Body With This 8-Part Slam Ball Circuit from Pink’s Trainer," 12 Sep. 2018 The manager had initially tried to break up a fight between a customer and employee, but was knocked over after the customer made one last lunge at the employee. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man smashes credit card machine at Pizza Hut after order takes too long," 14 Feb. 2018 Continue this lunge and shoulder press sequence 10 times then repeat on the opposite side. Philly.com, "4 essential strength training moves for cyclists," 5 June 2018 With lunges and squats, this circuit hits both types of movements. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Strengthen Your Entire Body With This 3-Move Kettlebell Circuit From Celebrity Trainer Ben Bruno," 30 May 2018 With two feet in the air, Mastroeni's reckless lunge was unsurprisingly punished by a red card, meaning both teams would begin the second half with 10 men. SI.com, "On This Day in World Cup History: 17th June - Three See Red as USA Hold Italy to 1-1 Draw in 2006," 17 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As officers walked into her home, Muller suddenly lunged at them with a 10-inch knife, police said. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Knife-wielding woman killed by New York City police had 'history of calls' to her home, officials say," 19 Sep. 2018 Police said Elifritz lunged at officers before five other Portland officers and one sheriff's deputy fired lethal shots, killing him. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Homeless shelter shooting: Police release videos, investigation reports," 25 May 2018 That’s when police say a customer, James Shaw Jr., lunged at the gunman, wrestled the weapon away from him and tossed it over the counter. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "‘No credible sightings’ of Waffle House shooting suspect as manhunt continues, police say," 23 Apr. 2018 Police said a man with a knife lunged at the officer at just before 8:30 p.m. at the Whole Foods. Caroline Linton, CBS News, "NYPD shoots knife-wielding suspect at Whole Foods," 24 Mar. 2018 With less than 10 minutes left to play, El-Shenawy made his best save of the night, lunging to his left, his body parallel to the ground, to block a powerful shot from Edinson Cavani, another of Uruguay’s elite attackers. Andrew Keh And Victor Mather, New York Times, "World Cup Heartbreak for Egypt as Salah Sits and Team Falls," 16 June 2018 After chasing the man and tasing him, the man lunged at an officer. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Man who was shot and killed after injuring a cop with a knife has been identified," 26 Apr. 2018 Police say that on April 8, Baron advanced on officers lunged at them with a knife. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "Brockton man shot by police has bail revoked at hospital arraignment," 17 Apr. 2018 Buy Photo Dressed in $600 worth of armor and gear, 13-year-old Jayden Figueroa lunged forward with a bamboo sword in hand and struck another student on the head. Avalon R. Zoppo, Philly.com, "It's called the 'golf of martial arts,' but this Camden school is making Kumdo more inclusive," 31 Mar. 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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