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plunge

verb \ ˈplənj \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of plunge

plunged; plunging
transitive verb
1 :to cause to penetrate or enter quickly and forcibly into something
  • plunged the dagger
2 :to cause to enter a state or course of action usually suddenly, unexpectedly, or violently
  • plunged the nation into economic depression
intransitive verb
1 :to thrust or cast oneself into or as if into water
2 a :to become pitched or thrown headlong or violently forward and downward; also :to move oneself in such a manner
  • plunged off the embankment
b :to act with reckless haste :enter suddenly or unexpectedly
  • plunges into project after project
c :to bet or gamble heavily and recklessly
3 :to descend or dip suddenly
  • the stock's value plunged

Examples of plunge in a Sentence

  1. Her car plunged off a bridge.

  2. The stock market plunged yesterday.

  3. The President's approval rating has plunged to 20 percent.

  4. The moose population has plunged in recent years.

  5. The rocky cliffs plunge into the swirling rapids below.

  6. The road plunges down the mountain.

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Origin and Etymology of plunge

Middle English, from Anglo-French plunger, from Vulgar Latin *plumbicare, from Latin plumbum lead

plunge Synonyms

Synonyms
pitch, dive, sound
Antonyms
arise, ascend, lift, mount, rise, soar, spike, up
Related Words
dip, immerse, submerge; belly flop, plump, plunk (or plonk)
Near Antonyms
surface

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plunge

noun

Definition of plunge

:an act or instance of plunging :dive; also :swim

Examples of plunge in a Sentence

  1. Amazingly, the cat survived its plunge from the building's roof.

  2. Market analysts predicted a price plunge.

  3. The store experienced a sharp plunge in sales.

Recent Examples of plunge from the Web

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First Known Use of plunge

15th century

plunge Synonyms



PLUNGE Defined for English Language Learners

plunge

verb

Definition of plunge for English Language Learners

  • : to fall or jump suddenly from a high place

  • : to fall or drop suddenly in amount, value, etc.

  • : to have a steep slope or drop downward


plunge

noun

Definition of plunge for English Language Learners

  • : a sudden fall or jump usually from a high place

  • : a sudden quick fall in amount, value, etc.

  • : the act of suddenly beginning to be in a particular condition or situation


PLUNGE Defined for Kids

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plunge

verb \ ˈplənj \

Definition of plunge for Students

plunged; plunging
1 :to leap or dive suddenly
  • She plunged into the water.
2 :to thrust or force quickly
  • The cat plunged its head blissfully into the bowl.
  • —Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved
3 :to suddenly enter or cause to enter a certain situation or state
  • Foolish investments plunged the family into debt.
4 :to drop suddenly downward or forward and downward
  • Cliffs plunge to the valley.

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plunge

noun

Definition of plunge for Students

:a sudden dive, rush, or leap


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