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lunge

noun \ ˈlənj \

Definition of lunge

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.

Examples of lunge in a Sentence

  1. He made a lunge at me with his knife.

  2. He made a desperate lunge for the ball.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

lunge Synonyms

Synonyms
dab, dig, jab, 1poke
Related Words
punch; stab, stick; push, shove; jam, jerk, jog, nudge

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lunge

verb

Definition of lunge

lunged; lunging
intransitive verb
1 :to make a lunge :move with or as if with a lunge
2 :to perform a lunge exercise (see 1lunge 3)
transitive verb
:to thrust or propel (something, such as a blow) in a lunge

Examples of lunge in a Sentence

  1. He lunged at me with his knife.

  2. She lunged across the table.

  3. The crocodile lunged at its prey.

  4. The dog lunged for his throat.

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First Known Use of lunge

1772


LUNGE Defined for English Language Learners

lunge

noun

Definition of lunge for English Language Learners

  • : a sudden forward movement


lunge

verb

Definition of lunge for English Language Learners

  • : to move or reach forward in a sudden, forceful way


LUNGE Defined for Kids

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lunge

noun \ ˈlənj \

Definition of lunge for Students

:a sudden movement forward
  • … the shark opened his mouth … and made a lunge at the peach.
  • —Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach

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lunge

verb

Definition of lunge for Students

lunged; lunging
:to move or reach forward in a sudden forceful way
  • She lunged across the table.


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