plummet

verb
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

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

crash, crater, 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

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

His grades plummeted, forcing him to change majors, from engineering to business. Martha Irvine, The Seattle Times, "He’s a ‘tech addict’ who works in Seattle area’s tech industry," 26 Dec. 2018 Its stock plummeted 28% in after-market trading Nov. 8 after the company missed revenue estimates and cut forecasts, primarily due to lower-than-expected local ad sales. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "Longtime Yelp Holder Seeks Board Overhaul at Business-Review Company," 9 Dec. 2018 Over the summer support for Republican candidates from Republican women plummeted by 11 points. Liz Plank, Glamour, "Why Are Men Still Voting Republican?," 31 Oct. 2018 In 2016, three Humvees plummeted to Earth after a Army sergeant cut the rigging that held the vehicles to their parachutes. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Air Force Accidentally Drops Humvee on Civilian Neighborhood," 25 Oct. 2018 As the hobby went mainstream, the skill level of the average garage drone-maker also plummeted. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Losing my drone religion," 23 Oct. 2018 Within years, as textiles from China and other overseas markets poured into Nigeria, that number plummeted. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "What noodles can teach us about Nigeria's reluctance on free trade," 9 July 2018 The Seleção plummeted out of the World Cup on Friday after falling to defeat at the hands of Belgium in the quarter final, leaving Tite to pick up the pieces as criticism over his team selection reached boiling point. SI.com, "Tite Reveals Why Man Utd New Boy Failed to Make an Appearance During Brazil's World Cup Campaign," 7 July 2018 When the tariffs forced the company to raise prices 19% to cover higher costs, orders plummeted. Jenny Jarvie, latimes.com, "Workers in this town may become victims of Trump's trade war, but they're behind him 'no matter what'," 5 July 2018

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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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Dictionary Entries near plummet

plumless

plummed

plummer

plummet

plummetless

plummily

plumminess

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

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More Definitions for plummet

plummet

verb

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 \
plummeted; plummeting

Kids Definition of plummet

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

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