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

dive, pitch, sound

Synonyms: Noun

dive, pitch

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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

The bitter cold is the result of a split in the polar vortex that allowed temperatures to plunge much farther south in North America than normal. Blake Nicholson, The Seattle Times, "Midwest cities scramble to keep homeless from dangerous cold," 30 Jan. 2019 The far-flung location of the title game—2,300 miles from Tuscaloosa, Ala., and 2,500 from Clemson, S.C.—not only has contributed to plunging ticket-resale prices. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Tailgate Scene at Alabama-Clemson: Eight RVs," 7 Jan. 2019 In fact, sorting recyclables into anything more than one or two separate streams causes the recycling rate to plunge. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 Park yourself at the new Six Senses, which recently opened atop an oceanside cliff, with a rigorous wellness program, a kitchen garden with a mushroom hut, and a wide infinity pool that appears to plunge off the edge of the earth. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 When Alan stops the engine and turned off the lights, plunging us into total darkness, the fear is absolutely primal. Virginia Van Zanten, Vogue, "Why Botswana Should Top Your Travel List in 2019," 27 Dec. 2018 But the left’s success has plunged it into its greatest crisis since the ’60s. Shelby Steele, WSJ, "Why the Left Is Consumed With Hate," 23 Sep. 2018 Since her political rise plunged her into the public eye, however, a few Twitter-centric spats and bumps have sprung up; commentators and conservative politicians alike have attempted to undermine her popularity. Zoe Harris, Marie Claire, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Has the Best Comebacks on Twitter," 24 July 2018 Video of the July 26, 2017, Fire Ball accident showed gondolas holding multiple riders shearing apart during operation, ejecting riders in mid-swing and plunging them to the ground. Julie Carr Smyth, The Seattle Times, "State fair officials work to reassure visitors about safety," 23 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

What type of bra is best: A plunge style, which will help pull the breasts up and together. Glamour, "Are You Wearing the Right Bra for Your Breast Type?," 28 Mar. 2019 Taking the bang plunge without that ensuing regret afterwards? Christian Allaire, Vogue, "A Look at Bella Hadid’s Most Extreme Hair Transformations," 25 Mar. 2019 Priyanka looked elegant in a stunning, plunge tulle dress from Ellie Saab Couture. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Got Their Tongues Out at the Oscars Vanity Fair Party," 25 Feb. 2019 Not everyone was celebrating the philanthropy plunge of the world's richest man. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "No good deed goes unpunished — Bezos’ gift and its discontents," 18 Sep. 2018 Some entrepreneurs don’t have a financial safety net to take the startup plunge on their own. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "The rise of giant consumer startups that said no to investor money," 29 Aug. 2018 President Trump, former President Barack Obama and even Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey saw immediate plunges on their follower counts. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "From Trump to Bieber, Twitter purge wipes millions of followers from famous users," 12 July 2018 The Knicks guaranteed the first two years of his four-year contract after taking the plunge at No. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Rookie Report Cards: The Most Noteworthy Summer League Showings," 11 July 2018 The moment the fangs touch the glove, the venom glands plunge like hypodermic needles, shooting poison into saline. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 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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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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