plunge

verb
\ ˈplənj \
plunged; plunging

Definition of plunge 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

2a : 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

plunge

noun

Definition of plunge (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for plunge

Synonyms: Verb

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

Synonyms: Noun

descent, dip, dive, down, drop, fall, nosedive

Antonyms: Verb

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

Antonyms: Noun

ascent, climb, rise, rising, soaring, upswing, upturn

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Examples of plunge in a Sentence

Verb

Her car plunged off a bridge. The stock market plunged yesterday. The President's approval rating has plunged to 20 percent. The moose population has plunged in recent years. The rocky cliffs plunge into the swirling rapids below. The road plunges down the mountain.

Noun

Amazingly, the cat survived its plunge from the building's roof. Market analysts predicted a price plunge. The store experienced a sharp plunge in sales.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In 2007, after months of seeing her very public personal life plunging into unknown territory, Britney had planned her comeback performing this catchy pop electro track at the MTV Video Music Awards. Muri Assunção, Billboard, "8 Britney Spears Songs for Your Pride Month Playlist: Listen," 20 June 2018 And the rate plunged even more—by half—in younger women. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "After a bar opens, the Baka pygmies of Cameroon have fewer babies," 18 June 2018 According to an NBC News analysis, television and radio ad spending on the Democratic primary ran into the millions: The Evans for GA Governor group plunged $1.5 million into the race. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "With Georgia Democratic Primary Win, Stacey Abrams Is One Step Closer to Becoming the First Black Woman Governor," 22 May 2018 Rolling down the deck, the biplane plunged towards the water, its wheels dipping into the sea before ascending and landing on the nearby shore. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "How the American Aircraft Carrier Became King of the Seas," 22 May 2018 After Uber arrived in New York, the price of taxi medallions plunged from $1.3 million to $120,000. Jessica Pressler, Daily Intelligencer, "The Tragic End to a Longtime Black-Car Driver’s Campaign Against Uber," 15 May 2018 The Chaoyang native Microraptor, for instance, is a small, four-winged dinosaur, a tree-dweller built for short predatory plunges from branch to branch. Stefen Chow, Smithsonian, "The Great Chinese Dinosaur Boom," 19 Apr. 2018 What makes him such an effective shot-stopper, able to plunge one side or the other as fast as his eyes and brain can process it, is his spring. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "France to Hugo Lloris: Get Back in Goal," 13 July 2018 Because Gilead is a living nightmare, they were subsequently forced to plunge to their deaths in a swimming pool. Emily Yahr, chicagotribune.com, "'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2 finale: The most shocking moments from a violent episode," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Its pool deck offers six different water experiences, including a deck-entry pool with celestial lights, Jacuzzi spa, cold plunge pool and three Thalassotherapy spas, as well as cabanas. Robyn A. Friedman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "$29 million condo in Sunny Isles Beach comes with its own custom 'scent identity'," 9 July 2018 The private villas will have private plunge-pool access and butler service. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "With last beam in place, Hollywood Hard Rock's guitar-shaped hotel is almost finished," 9 July 2018 Never jump off waterfalls or dive into the plunge pools at their bases. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Be wary of these NC natural wonders this summer," 25 June 2018 The two new hilltop suites will shortly have plunge pools and a airy drawing room has been built, overlooking the lake, with a wall of foliage and falling water that provides natural air conditioning. Victoria Mather, A-LIST, "India Files: the Princely Grandeur of Rajasthan," 20 June 2018 There are 82 standalone villas, the highlight of which is that each comes with a large outdoor sandy terrace, complete with a private plunge pool, sun loungers, a shady majli (seating area), and a dining space. Peter Gwin, WSJ, "The Horses That Changed History," 19 June 2018 Also enjoy a day at leisure in this region, perhaps exploring some of the rainforest, or visiting a waterfall or plunge pool. USA TODAY, "Deal watch: Six nights in Melbourne, Australia, for $2,069," 19 June 2018 Try the smaller hot tub and the cold plunge pool, or visit the Bath of a Thousand Jets, which accommodates at least a dozen people. New York Times, "36 Hours in Seville," 14 June 2018 The 104-room hotel, a block from the beach, features stylish contemporary rooms, a rooftop plunge pool, and a lobby bar and restaurant. Sharon Boorstin, latimes.com, "Bounce in a dune buggy on a sandy weekend escape to Pismo Beach," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of plunge

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plunge

Verb

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

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More Definitions for plunge

plunge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of plunge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of plunge (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

verb
\ ˈplənj \
plunged; plunging

Kids Definition of plunge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

plunge

noun

Kids Definition of plunge (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sudden dive, rush, or leap

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