\ ˈpləg How to pronounce plug (audio) \

Definition of plug

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a piece used to fill a hole : stopper
b : an obtruding or obstructing mass of material resembling a stopper
2 : a flat compressed cake of tobacco
3 : a small core or segment removed from a larger object
4 : something inferior especially : an inferior often aged or unsound horse
6 : an artificial fishing lure used primarily for casting and made with one or more sets of gang hooks
7 : any of various devices resembling or functioning like a plug: such as
a : a male fitting for making an electrical connection to a live circuit by insertion in a receptacle (such as an outlet)
b : a device for connecting electric wires to a jack
8 : a piece of favorable publicity or a favorable mention usually incorporated in general matter


plugged; plugging

Definition of plug (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to stop, make tight, or secure by inserting a plug
b : to remedy (a deficiency) as if by inserting a plug trying to plug the gaps in their understanding
2 : to hit with a bullet : shoot
3 : to advertise or publicize insistently

intransitive verb

1 : to become plugged usually used with up
2 : to work doggedly and persistently plugged away at her homework
3 : to fire shots
plug into
1 : to connect or become connected to by or as if by means of a plug the city was plugged into the new highway system
2 : to load into as if by means of a plug plugged the data into a computer

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plugger noun

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of plug in a Sentence

Verb We were able to plug the hole with cement. One of the DJs on the local radio station has been plugging the band's new album. He plugged him right in the chest.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Earth is a single planet divided by dozens of different electrical plug standards. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "The VHS-Betamax war of electric cars is about to be decided," 2 Aug. 2020 The instructions were simple to follow and the only tricky set up was putting the applicator plug back on the test tube. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "Personalize your teeth whitening experience with this $49.99 at-home kit," 3 July 2020 Federal dollars plug budget holes Earlier this year, Phoenix received $293 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund, part of Congress' $2.1 trillion CARES Act package. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix will use federal COVID-19 relief funds to balance its shaky budget," 2 July 2020 No matter your power problem, there’s a smart plug solution. Popular Science, "The best smart plugs, outlets, and power strips for automating your home," 18 June 2020 This past week, the city’s Neptune Festival pulled the plug for the year, and a sand soccer tournament was scratched. Washington Post, "Virginia Beach coronavirus cases rising, especially among young people resisting masks," 10 July 2020 The plug-in hybrid can be equipped with the adaptive air suspension with the optional Sport Plus package. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Audi Q5 Looks More Modern, Adds Power," 29 June 2020 Feel better about leaving the windows open with a direct plug-in indoor bug zapper that will lure bugs away from your TV screen and lightbulbs at night and zap them modestly out of sight. Travel + Leisure, "The 11 Best Bug-zapping Lamps for Summer," 26 June 2020 Xbox team lead Phil Spencer confirmed the news on Monday, announcing a 30-day end-of-life period before Microsoft formally pulls the plug on July 22. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Microsoft is killing its game-streaming service, folding it into Facebook’s," 22 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One of our personal favorite features of the Roku Ultra is the ability to plug headphones into the remote and use wireless earbuds with the mobile app in order to listen to whatever’s on the TV without disturbing those around you. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "Roku Ultra, our favorite streaming device, is on sale now," 4 Aug. 2020 Teams would have to plug holes left by the decisions of the other power conferences plus the SWAC. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "It’s the Big 12′s turn to decide on its football schedule. Here is a look at the most likely options that should be considered," 1 Aug. 2020 Servideo spends much time creating graphic cards about his guests and placing them on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn to plug the episode. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Social media, newsletters, podcasts: the online hustle to be everywhere," 11 June 2020 White oaks are also able to efficiently plug the water-conducting, tubelike cells called vessels in their wood with tyloses, balloonlike structures that seal the vessels as a barrier against deadly fungal diseases such as oak wilt. Andrew L. Hipp, Scientific American, "How Oak Trees Evolved to Rule the Forests of the Northern Hemisphere," 15 July 2020 And tech corporations joined manufacturers around the globe in trying to plug a shortfall in ventilators and masks. Sohee Kim,, "Samsung Billionaire’s Fate at Risk Despite Role in Virus Fight," 14 June 2020 Most smaller air conditioners will plug into a standard three-prong outlet. Tanner Saunders, USA TODAY, "10 air conditioners you can buy under $200," 5 June 2020 To charge multiple devices without a ton of countertop clutter, use a mail sorter to hold each device and plug them into a power strip. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 Easy Ways to Organize Your Mudroom to Get Ready for School," 7 July 2020 The largest social network, with over 1.66 billion daily users, but with a tricky algorithm that focuses on friends first can be be worked to promote yourself, but challenging to plug a brand. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Social media, newsletters, podcasts: the online hustle to be everywhere," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of plug


1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1630, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for plug


Dutch, from Middle Dutch plugge; akin to Middle High German pfloc plug

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6 Aug 2020

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“Plug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of plug

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a part at the end of an electric cord that has two or three metal pins that connect the cord to a source of electricity
: a part at the end of a wire or cable that is used to connect machines or devices
: a thing that is used to close a hole in a container or object



English Language Learners Definition of plug (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fill or cover (a hole, space, etc.) with something
: to praise (something, such as a book, movie, or restaurant) publicly in a way that makes people want to buy it, see it, etc. : to advertise (something) by talking about it especially on the radio or television
US, informal + old-fashioned : to shoot (someone) with a gun


\ ˈpləg How to pronounce plug (audio) \

Kids Definition of plug

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a device usually on a cord used to make an electrical connection by putting it into another part (as a socket)
2 : a piece (as of wood or metal) used to stop up or fill a hole


plugged; plugging

Kids Definition of plug (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to connect to an electric circuit Plug in the lamp.
2 : to stop or make tight with something that fills a hole
3 : to keep steadily at work or in action I plugged away at my homework.


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Medical Definition of plug

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of material (as wood or alloy) used or serving to fill a hole: as
a : the piece in a cock that can be turned to regulate the flow of liquid or gas
b : an obstructing mass of material in a bodily vessel or opening (as of the cervix or a skin lesion)
c : a filling for a hollow tooth
plugged; plugging

Medical Definition of plug (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to stop, make tight, or secure (as an opening) by or as if by insertion of a plug : close an opening in
2 : to fill a cavity in (a tooth)

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