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 Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat Stand in a lunge, with the ball of your back foot elevated on the edge of a bench or stair between 12- to 24-inches high. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 8 May 2021 The few saving graces were a home-run robbing lunge into the wall by right-fielder David Dahl. Dallas News, 15 May 2021 Bend your front knee to lower into a lunge position until your thigh is parallel to the ground. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 8 May 2021 Step forward into a lunge position with your back knee dropping low to the ground without touching. Dana Santas, CNN, 7 May 2021 The reverse lunge works your quads and your glutes, the inchworm boosts mobility while challenging your hamstrings and shoulders, while the plank variations will light up your core. Christa Sgobba, SELF, 29 Apr. 2021 Directions Perform the runner’s lunge for 60 seconds, the quadricep stretch for 15 seconds per side, and the hamstring stretch for 30 seconds. SELF, 2 May 2021 The President continues telling his tale in an attempt to justify his LBJ-style lunge for bigger government. James Freeman, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2021 All since the 1995 season when the Cowboys made their final lunge at greatness and captured their fifth Lombardi Trophy. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, 23 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Oregon’s Reed Brown appeared to clinch an auto-qualifier with a late, inside move and lunge at the finish line, but subsequently was disqualified for impeding. Ken Goe For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 10 June 2021 The video showed a brief interaction before McDermott appeared to lunge at Rivera twice. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 21 May 2021 Asteroids, vampires, zombies — these scourges lunge at us from out of nowhere. Washington Post, 11 May 2021 Police body camera video of the shooting shows the officers exiting their car and seeing Ma'Khia lunge at another young woman with a knife outside the house. Nicole Chavez, CNN, 30 Apr. 2021 An officer opened fire when Ma'Khia appeared to attempt to lunge at a second person, firing four shots at Ma'Khia. Elizabeth Hartfield And Scottie Andrew, CNN, 22 Apr. 2021 The video footage then showed Ms. Bryant, who was holding a knife, appearing to lunge toward a person dressed in pink who was pinned against a car parked in the driveway. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2021 But Bundy preserved the tie by getting Correa to lunge at a down-and-away, 0-and-2 slider, producing a popout to second, and blowing a 95-mp fastball by Tucker for strike three. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2021 The music worked to soothe his body, but his mind seemed to dart and lunge from one frightening thought to another. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, 9 Mar. 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Lunge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lunge. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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