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

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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 Online mouthgear seller SmileDirectClub went public Thursday at $23, plunged below $17, and then rebounded to $18.68 on Friday. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Can a Mattress Startup Be a Tech Company, Too?—Data Sheet," 16 Sep. 2019 There, participation in the football program plunged from 120 players five years ago (on varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams) to about 65 this season (with no freshman team). Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Friday night flight: How football's decline is impacting high school sports," 13 Sep. 2019 The shale oil startup, led by a former Anadarko Petroleum chief executive, plunged from $3 billion Wall Street value in early 2018 to just $30 million and trading for 8 cents a share. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Alta Mesa files for bankruptcy under former Anadarko chief," 12 Sep. 2019 Yet Mr Walsh is plunging into the treacherous waters of primarying a sitting president, all the same. The Economist, "Joe Walsh’s long-shot bid to dethrone Donald Trump," 29 Aug. 2019 Investors in search of safety herded into U.S. government bonds, which sent yields plunging. Author: Stan Choe, Anchorage Daily News, "S&P 500 plunges in worst loss of year as trade war escalates," 6 Aug. 2019 Doctors are plunging ahead in search of ways to use the relatively new technology to start treating patients. Time, "CRISPR Gene Editing Is Being Tested in Human Patients, and the Results Could Revolutionize Health Care," 6 Aug. 2019 Investors in search of safety herded into U.S. government bonds, which sent yields plunging. Stan Choe, chicagotribune.com, "Stocks drop 3% on Wall Street — their worst loss of the year — amid fears that escalating trade war will damage economy," 5 Aug. 2019 Investors in search of safety herded into US government bonds, which sent yields plunging. Paul Wiseman, BostonGlobe.com, "US Treasury Department labels China a currency manipulator, escalating trade war," 5 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Philadelphia quarterback suddenly put it together in the fourth quarter, completing eight straight passes on a drive that culminated with his 1-yard plunge into the end zone with 3:13 remaining. oregonlive, "Atlanta Falcons outlast the Philadelphia Eagles: Recap, score, stats and more," 15 Sep. 2019 Sophomore running back Keaontay Ingram, clearly not hampered by a recent knee injury, picked up all but 1 yard on a 61-yard touchdown drive capped by his 1-yard plunge into the end zone. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "No. 10 Texas cruises past La. Tech as No. 6 LSU looms," 31 Aug. 2019 Sophomore running back Keaontay Ingram, clearly not hampered by a recent knee injury, picked up all but one yard on a 61-yard touchdown drive capped by his 1-yard plunge into the end zone. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "No. 10 Texas cruises past La. Tech as No. 6 LSU looms," 31 Aug. 2019 As the air rises, its temperature plunges, causing droplets of condensation and eventually shards of ice to form. Michael Peterson, National Geographic, "Record-breaking lightning as long as Kansas spotted," 22 Aug. 2019 The Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its worst plunge of the year Wednesday, caused in part by fears of a worldwide recession and global trade wars. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "'No recession in sight' says Trump's top economic adviser," 18 Aug. 2019 After a presentation by Bossidy received an enthusiastic response among GE managers, Welch was ready to take the plunge. Oliver Staley, Quartz at Work, "Whatever happened to Six Sigma?," 3 Sep. 2019 These collisions often form what are known as subduction zones, where oceanic plates take the plunge while continental plates ride high. National Geographic, "A tectonic plate is dying under Oregon. Here’s why that matters.," 29 July 2019 Netflix is continuing the expansion of its natural history output, this time taking the plunge on a new documentary series examining Earth's vast and largely unexplored waters. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix Teams With 'Blue Planet II' Creator on 'Oceans' Doc Series," 16 July 2019

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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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25 Oct 2019

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

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More Definitions for plunge

plunge

verb
How to pronounce plunge (audio)

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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