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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 Ant had been on track to sell more than $34 billion worth of stock and list on stock exchanges in Hong Kong and Shanghai, when Beijing pulled the plug on the deal after Mr. Ma criticized financial regulators in a public speech. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Microsoft’s Acquisition of Nuance Communications: A Second Go at Language Processing," 13 Apr. 2021 Two weeks ago, the city of Montebello pulled the plug on forming its own stand-alone CCA, over concerns that rates could be 2 percent to 4 percent higher than Southern California Edison’s. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County’s new kid on the energy block: Three-city community choice program launches Saturday," 1 May 2021 That’s already under $7 per plug, which is a bargain for plugs as popular and reliable as Gosund Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plugs. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Last chance to get best-selling Wi-Fi smart plugs for $4.72 each at Amazon," 30 Apr. 2021 But as temperatures fell, covid cases rose — soaring past 1,700 a day in mid-November, when the judiciary pulled the plug on jury trials. Washington Post, "As virus cases fall, Maryland tries to dig out of backlogged jury trials," 27 Apr. 2021 After using Jackson in a three-guard lineup off the bench, Lue pulled the plug on the trial after the season’s first 10 games, and though Luke Kennard and Lou Williams stayed in the rotation, Jackson was the odd man out. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "How Reggie Jackson cast aside doubt to join the Clippers’ revival," 26 Apr. 2021 At a board meeting Thursday, the district officially pulled the plug on the Air Force proposal, but that move did little to reduce opposition to aerial spraying, which the district has done for years and has no plans of abandoning. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Salt Lake City drops plan to use Air Force C-130 to spray for mosquitoes," 24 Apr. 2021 Halsey and Khalid already pulled the plug on their Summerfest 2021 headliner shows earlier this year. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire push tour to 2022, including Summerfest amphitheater show in Milwaukee," 24 Apr. 2021 New York's other team already pulled the plug on the No. 3 pick from 2018. Star Tribune, "The NFL's quarterback shuffle: Who's out, and who's in," 24 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Look for redshirt freshman Andrej Karic to plug the hole left by Cosmi. Dallas News, "5 reasons to be optimistic about Texas football in 2021, including reinforcements through the portal," 5 May 2021 The Tennessee comptroller has threatened a state takeover, and even the Biden administration’s lavish stimulus isn’t enough to plug Nashville’s budget hole. Steven Malanga, WSJ, "The Music City Meltdown," 28 Apr. 2021 The Browns have more of a need at cornerback than anywhere else, but that doesn’t mean Berry will draft one in the first round to plug an apparent hole. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Browns GM Andrew Berry open to trades or staying at No. 26; not seeking ‘instant gratification in the NFL Draft," 24 Apr. 2021 Tiny fragments of cells, called platelets, arrive on scene to plug up the hole. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Comparison of blood clots from COVID vaccines and birth control lacks nuance," 23 Apr. 2021 To plug the hole, Ross and his partners then had to give part of their 20% stake to other investors who, in exchange, promised to hang onto their shares and buy new ones. Dan Alexander, Forbes, "Sly As A Fox: How Wilbur Ross Slipped Out Of Scandal And Back Into Business," 21 Apr. 2021 Money released in the past, for example, could only be used for COVID-19 expenses and could not be used to plug the state’s budget hole. Christopher Keating,, "Connecticut lawmakers vote to play key role in allocating federal COVID-19 money; measure now awaits Gov. Ned Lamont’s signature," 23 Mar. 2021 Simply pop it out of the box, plug it into the USB port on the bottom of your Switch or Switch Lite, and then hold down the red button to pair it with your Bluetooth headphones or speaker. Maren Estrada, BGR, "This little $13 gadget is all you need to connect Bluetooth headphones to your Nintendo Switch," 22 Apr. 2021 Simply plug a pool vacuum into a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet and place it in the water. Bridget Degnan, Better Homes & Gardens, "The 7 Best Pool Cleaners for Every Type of Pool and Budget," 20 Apr. 2021

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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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15 May 2021

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“Plug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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