plummet

verb
plum·​met | \ ˈplə-mət How to pronounce plummet (audio) \
plummeted; plummeting; plummets

Definition of plummet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to fall perpendicularly birds plummeted down
2 : to drop sharply and abruptly prices plummeted

plummet

noun

Definition of plummet (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : plumb also : plumb line
2 : an abrupt drop : an instance of plummeting a sharp plummet in prices If in the final week of the season, the Mets were trying to stop a plummet off a cliff, they are now attempting to climb out of a dark, deep abyss …— Judy Battista

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Synonyms & Antonyms for plummet

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of plummet in a Sentence

Verb The acrobat plummeted into the net. The car plummeted to the bottom of the canyon. The satellite plummeted into the ocean. Stock prices plummeted 40 percent during the scandal. The TV show has plummeted in the ratings. Temperatures are expected to plummet this weekend. The town's population plummets when the students leave for the summer.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb By the government’s methodology, television prices have been plummeting for years. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "The price of these products rose fastest in the US in 2019," 26 Dec. 2019 The Trump administration has already doled out more than $26 billion in trade aid to farmers hurt by the tit-for-tat tariffs and plummeting exports. Anchorage Daily News, "From Lincoln Logs to luggage, U.S.-China trade deal still leaves huge cloud over American business," 15 Dec. 2019 They are tied with the plummeting Chicago Cubs, five games behind the Brewers for the second NL wild card with five to play. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Turner’s slam helps Nats sweep Phils, clinch wild card," 25 Sep. 2019 Network prime-time ratings have been plummeting for quite a while. Judy Berman, Time, "I Watched All 16 New Network Shows. Here’s Why You Shouldn’t," 18 Sep. 2019 The Trump administration has already doled out more than $26 billion in trade aid to farmers hurt by the tit-for-tat tariffs and plummeting exports. Anchorage Daily News, "From Lincoln Logs to luggage, U.S.-China trade deal still leaves huge cloud over American business," 15 Dec. 2019 The Trump administration has already doled out more than $26 billion in trade aid to farmers hurt by the tit-for-tat tariffs and plummeting exports. Washington Post, "From Lincoln Logs to luggage, U.S.-China trade deal still leaves huge cloud over American business," 14 Dec. 2019 The rocky highlands of Central Asia, in a remote region of Western Mongolia, are home to a plummeting population of the largest sheep in the world, the argali. ProPublica, "Donald Trump Jr. Went to Mongolia, Got Special Treatment From the Government and Killed an Endangered Sheep," 13 Dec. 2019 There was the plummeting form, the swing tinkering, coach and caddie changes, a climb back to world No.1 in 2013, before serious short game yips. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Tiger Woods: A tumultuous 10 years from scandal to redemption," 30 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of plummet

Verb

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plummet

Noun

Middle English plomet, from Anglo-French plumet, plomet, from plum lead, lead weight — more at plumb

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The first known use of plummet was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

9 Jan 2020

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“Plummet.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plummet. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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More Definitions for plummet

plummet

verb
How to pronounce plummet (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of plummet

: to fall suddenly straight down especially from a very high place
: to fall or drop suddenly in amount, value, etc.

plummet

verb
plum·​met | \ ˈplə-mət How to pronounce plummet (audio) \
plummeted; plummeting

Kids Definition of plummet

: to fall straight down The satellite plummeted toward the ocean.

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