\ 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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Other Words from plug


plugger noun

Synonyms for plug

Synonyms: Verb

block, bung, dam, fill, pack, stop, stuff

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Examples of plug in a Sentence


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

When similar conditions arose again in early November, PG&E again warned 70,000 customers of another possible shut-off, but in the end decided not to pull the plug. Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post, "California wildfire plan shows how we can adapt to threat of natural disasters," 23 Aug. 2019 Universal had already paused the film’s marketing campaign in the wake of the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, but now the studio has pulled the plug entirely. Christian Holub,, "Universal cancels The Hunt release following controversy," 10 Aug. 2019 Six weeks after the successful static test of Livermore’s nuclear engine in Nevada in July 1964, the Pentagon pulled the plug on Pluto. Gregg Herken, Twin Cities, "Gregg Herken: Russia’s mysterious ‘new’ nuclear weapons aren’t really new," 16 Aug. 2019 His patience ultimately paid off after the Brewers pulled the plug on Saladino, who hit grand slams in consecutive games during his stay but did nothing else offensively. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Somewhat unexpectedly, popular utility man Hernán Pérez is back with the Brewers," 9 Aug. 2019 But Cloudflare has been under increasing pressure to make editorial judgments and pull the plug on the most incendiary clients. Robert Channick,, "Cloudflare founder, who took down 8chan message board used by accused El Paso massacre suspect, has Chicago tech and law roots," 5 Aug. 2019 But conflicting stories about Wyatt's previous relationship history caused Brown to pull the plug on their engagement. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "It Sure Looks Like Hannah Brown and Tyler Cameron Went on a Date Last Night," 2 Aug. 2019 Milan had agreed a deal with the Argentine earlier this summer, but had had to pull the plug after Monaco's €40m move for Andre Silva fell through., "Angel Correa Decides on Milan Move & Waits on Rossoneri Agreement With Atletico," 1 Aug. 2019 General manager Brian Cashman pulled the plug on July 25, taking advantage of a trade market hungry for relievers by dealing Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs. Peter Abraham,, "As the trade deadline looms, the Red Sox face a tough call: salvage or shutter the season?," 20 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Although sometimes similar to tanks in appearance, tank destroyers sacrifice armor for the ability to quickly plug holes in friendly anti-tank defenses. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Destroyer Concept Is a Tank Battalion’s Worst Nightmare," 5 Sep. 2019 Fares produce just 11 percent of the Utah Transit Authority’s revenue, or $52 million; Dabakis proposes plugging the hole with some of the $660 million now going to improve roads. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Free Bus Rides in Salt Lake City Might Not Be So Far-Fetched," 9 Aug. 2019 The Angels have gone the low-budget, quick-fix route for years, attempting to plug rotation holes with the likes of Matt Harvey, Trevor Cahill, Ricky Nolasco and Joe Blanton. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, "Would the Angels pay big bucks to sign elite starter Gerrit Cole this offseason?," 7 Aug. 2019 The evacuation order was lifted Wednesday after firefighters spent days pumping much of the water from the reservoir and a Royal Air Force helicopter dropped bags of sand and gravel to plug a hole in the dam’s slipway. Washington Post, "Town residents let back into homes below damaged England dam," 7 Aug. 2019 Oscar Aparicio with the Chihuahua state police said that guardsmen operations are moving west along the New Mexico border and east along the Texas border to try to plug the holes used by smugglers. Dallas News, "Mexico wrestles with its identity as the national guard helps Trump and López Obrador crack down on migrants," 29 June 2019 Insurance costs were going up because the school district needed to plug that hole in its plan. Leslie Postal,, "Orange school board approves controversial salary package for teachers," 25 June 2019 Its leaders have refused to join the U.S. effort to drive Iran back to the negotiating table to plug the holes in the 2015 deal. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Iran, Europe and Trump," 17 June 2019 The committee also approved using state general fund money to plug a gaping hole in the state Medicaid budget., "Health care companies furious after Legislature moves toward surprise cut in allowable inflation rate," 13 June 2019

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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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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


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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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