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



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 Americans lost more than 8 million jobs, home values plummeted and stocks lost nearly half of their value. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, "Malls are dying. The thriving ones are spending millions to reinvent themselves.," 22 Nov. 2019 Caves throughout Southeast Asia were ransacked, swiftlet populations plummeted and many climbers found their skills redundant. 1843, "My quest to understand the appeal of bird’s nest soup," 22 Nov. 2019 The protests have underscored the frustration among ordinary Iranians who have watched Iran’s currency plummet and their savings evaporate., "The government has acknowledged five deaths, including four members of the security forces, and it has blamed the protests on foreign enemies and saboteurs. If confirmed, the higher death toll would signal a much wider scale of unrest — a crisis taking place under a near-total information blackout.," 20 Nov. 2019 Penn State plummets, and a huge Michigan loss ... at Illinois Penn State had the inside track for a spot in the Rose Bowl, but the Nittany Lions lost in back-to-back weeks. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Everything you forgot about Ron Dayne's magical 1999 run to the NCAA all-time rushing record," 7 Nov. 2019 Minkow’s stocks plummeted and an investigation ensued. Aaliyah Gibson,, "Scams and shams: The biggest frauds in business," 1 Nov. 2019 In recent years, anti-vaccine misinformation has been one reason vaccination rates have plummeted and global measles cases have surged. The Washington Post, oregonlive, "Measles makes your body forget how to fight other diseases," 31 Oct. 2019 Trust in the police has plummeted and their behaviour has become a factor often blamed by protesters for their own escalating violence. The Economist, "Hong Kong does its best to spoil China’s big anniversary," 1 Oct. 2019 That caused interest in the disease to plummet and the parasite to resurge. Martin Enserink, Science | AAAS, "Is setting a deadline for eradicating malaria a good idea? Scientists are divided," 27 Aug. 2019

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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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27 Nov 2019

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“Plummet.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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 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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