plunge

verb
\ ˈplənj How to pronounce plunge (audio) \
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

— see also take the plunge

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Synonyms for plunge

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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 That has athletes and athletic officials wondering if schools in those states could find themselves at a competitive disadvantage while others plunge ahead even as the NCAA and Congress eye blanket solutions. Steve Megargee, Anchorage Daily News, 8 June 2021 While some states plunge ahead, the NCAA also hopes to get some help from Congress in the form of federal NIL legislation that would supersede state laws and provide uniformity. Ralph D. Russo, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 June 2021 Wall Street analysts, naturally, expect the shares to plunge eventually. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2021 When the pandemic began, car manufacturers slashed orders for chips on the expectation that demand for cars would plunge. New York Times, 1 June 2021 As cases plunge nationally, deaths have also fallen and may continue decreasing in the weeks to come. Sarah Mervosh, Star Tribune, 31 May 2021 Think of how thousands of oilfield service providers can suddenly find themselves in front of some fast-tipping dominos when a pipeline project is canceled or when crude prices plunge (or sometimes both). Brian Summerfelt, Forbes, 21 May 2021 New Jersey schools will be required to reopen full-time, in-person this fall, without remote learning as an option, as infection rates plunge and as more residents become vaccinated against the coronavirus, state officials said. WSJ, 18 May 2021 When much of the world went into lockdown in spring 2020, auto industry planners expected sales to plunge to Great Recession levels. Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News, 14 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The result was a swift plunge Wednesday night in cryptocurrency prices that equalled hundreds of billions of dollars in losses for investors and other holders of digital currencies. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, 13 May 2021 The result has been a 90% plunge in the river’s flow to a paltry 200 million cubic meters per year. Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2021 Since February 2020, there has been a 41% plunge in Black business ownership. CNN, 9 Mar. 2021 The most ominous sign of the impact is the plunge in cisco populations across the Midwest as lakes warm. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, 20 Feb. 2021 His next project, El Beso is a plunge into the life and science fiction writings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, early 20th century Spanish neuroscientist who won the 1906 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. Pakinam Amer, Scientific American, 4 Feb. 2021 The last two reports were followed by one-day declines of 19% and 15% and the worst was a 36% plunge in June 2019. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 26 Jan. 2021 The 1,740 Portland metro homes put on the market last month were a 22.3% decrease from the 2,238 listed in November, which was a 36.3% plunge from the 3,515 listed in October, according to RMLS. oregonlive, 18 Jan. 2021 Singer Billie Eilish also took the plunge this March. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 18 Apr. 2021

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

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11 Jun 2021

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“Plunge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plunge. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce plunge (audio) \
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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