lunge

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noun

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

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verb

lunged; lunging

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

Example Sentences

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
At one point early on, someone spilled a soda onto the conference table, nearly soaking a laptop that stored the entire collection of the Hansa data; only a desperate lunge by one of the investigators managed to save it. WIRED, 15 Nov. 2022 Castellanos ran a long way, then with a lunge made the inning-ending catch while sliding to the ground. Kristie Rieken, Chicago Tribune, 29 Oct. 2022 Castellanos ran a long way, then with a lunge made the inning-ending catch while sliding to the ground. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 29 Oct. 2022 Castellanos ran a long way, then with a lunge made the inning-ending catch while sliding to the ground. CBS News, 29 Oct. 2022 Castellanos ran a long way, then with a lunge made the inning-ending catch while sliding to the ground. Kristie Rieken, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Oct. 2022 Castellanos ran a long way, then with a lunge made the inning-ending catch while sliding to the ground. Kristie Rieken, ajc, 29 Oct. 2022 Alternate between these two exercises, building up to 9 reps per set lateral lunge clean to overhead press and bent-over rows. Perri O. Blumberg, Men's Health, 26 Oct. 2022 Compared to bilateral exercises (like a squat or deadlift) that require both legs to be working simultaneously, single-leg exercises (like a lunge or split squat) demand more balance and stability. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 24 Sep. 2022
Verb
Trump then, according to Hutchinson, used his free hand to lunge toward Engel. Nikole Killion, CBS News, 17 Nov. 2022 An eight-play, 55-yard drive ended with a 7-yard TD pass from Ward to Anderson Grover, who did a nice job to lunge with the ball to hit the front-left pylon. Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Nov. 2022 One of the children also verbally defended Jolie, prompting Pitt to lunge at the child, the filing alleges. Julian Mark, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2022 One of the couple’s children came to Jolie’s defense, according to the filing, causing Pitt to allegedly lunge at the child before striking one child in the face and choking another, and later poured beer and wine on Jolie and the children. Carlie Porterfield, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2022 The trick is to not lunge or fall for his pump fakes. Mohammad Ahmad, cleveland, 10 Oct. 2022 Isbell really did attempt to lunge across the table to attack Dahmer in the trial. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 23 Sep. 2022 After the gunmen appear to start shooting, several men run and lunge toward the sidewalk on Shirley Avenue to get away. Jessica Anderson, Baltimore Sun, 25 Aug. 2022 Rafael Devers was well off the bag and had to lunge for the ball. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1772, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lunge was in 1748

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Cite this Entry

“Lunge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lunge. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

lunge 1 of 2

noun

1
: a sudden stretching thrust or pass (as with a sword)
2
: a sudden forward rush or reach

lunge

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verb

lunged; lunging
1
: to move with or as if with a lunge
2
: to make a lunge (as with a sword)

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