plum·​met | \ˈplə-mət \
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



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

crash, decline, descend, dip, dive, drop, fall, lower, nose-dive, plunge, sink, skid, tumble

Antonyms: Verb

arise, ascend, lift, mount, rise, soar, spike, up

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Examples of plummet in a Sentence


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

The stock, which traded as high as $186 per share in December 2014, plummeted to $66 by May 2017. Christina Binkley, WSJ, "Ralph Lauren Wants People to Feel Good About Their Country," 7 Nov. 2018 While there are no superheroes or crime-fighting, several Roman gods feature in the action, and a few people plummet to their deaths from ramparts. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient “comic strip” depicts the founding of a Roman city," 10 Oct. 2018 When the issues became too big to ignore, the stock price of Helios and Matheson reacted, with the stock price plummeting to as low as a single cent. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "MoviePass subscribers aren’t going to the movies, and that’s what MoviePass wants," 3 Oct. 2018 The harrowing final moments of a small plane that plummeted to the ground Sunday were captured on a dashcam video, as family members have identified one of the five victims in the tragedy. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Deadly California plane crash caught on video, 29-year-old victim identified," 6 Aug. 2018 Park officials said Privin climbed over a railing at the popular viewing site Mather Point before plummeting to his death. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Illinois man falls to death from South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park," 7 July 2018 This increases the friction on the rope, preventing it from moving through the device and the climber from plummeting to the ground. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "Testing Wild Country's Revo Belay Device," 2 July 2018 That share has since plummeted to less than one-third, as coal has been driven out of the market by stricter pollution regulations and a glut of cheap natural gas from hydraulic fracturing. New York Times, "Trump Picks Economic Winners, Guided by Nostalgia," 18 June 2018 Earlier, the animal made it to the roof, easing concerns that the animal could plummet to its death. CBS News, "St. Paul raccoon lured into trap with cat food after scaling skyscraper," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of plummet


1845, in the meaning defined at sense 2


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plummet


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

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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.


plum·​met | \ˈplə-mət \
plummeted; plummeting

Kids Definition of plummet

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

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