sky·rock·et | \ˈskī-ˌrä-kət \

Definition of skyrocket 

(Entry 1 of 2)


skyrocketed; skyrocketing; skyrockets

Definition of skyrocket (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to rise or increase abruptly and rapidly

2 : catapult

intransitive verb

: to shoot up abruptly prices are skyrocketing

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Synonyms & Antonyms for skyrocket

Synonyms: Verb

rocket, shoot (up), soar, zoom

Antonyms: Verb

nose-dive, plummet, plunge, slump, tumble

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Examples of skyrocket in a Sentence


His popularity skyrocketed after his latest movie. the crisis has caused oil prices to skyrocket

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has seen his investment in Liverpool FC skyrocket, having purchased a 2% stake in the Merseyside club seven years ago, according to reports., "LeBron James's Little Known Investment in Liverpool Paying Off in Big Way As Reds Reach UCL Final," 3 May 2018 On Monday, the UMBC Athletics Twitter account, which has seen its popularity skyrocket since the men’s basketball team defeated No. 1 Virginia in March, added its voice to the MLB All-Star Game Final Vote campaign. Katherine Fominykh,, "UMBC partners with St. Louis Cardinals for All-Star Game Final Vote," 10 July 2018 Today’s weather Today in history During a 1972 fireworks show at Seattle Center, an errant skyrocket lands in a crowd and explodes, injuring 18 people. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "Your Fourth of July guide | Wednesday Morning Brief, July 4," 4 July 2018 Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the post 9/11-born agency that many liberal activists now want to abolish, saw its budget skyrocket budget during the Obama years, as did the Border Patrol – all the way to a combined $20 billion in 2016. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Draconian Immigration Policies Highlight Obama’s Missteps," 20 June 2018 Weiner watched the calorie count on her stationary bike skyrocket and found her name rising on the leaderboard that tracks participants’ performances. Lisa Eadicicco, Time, "Working Out Is Hard. Streaming Just Might Make It Easier," 31 May 2018 CareCredit offers an interest-free introductory period, but be aware that after that time, the interest rate skyrockets to 26.99 percent. Josh Smith, USA TODAY, "Health care costs: 10 credit options to help manage the expenses involved," 16 Apr. 2018 The lyrics of Williams’ version skyrocket to the top of the Global chart with a 307 percent jump in lyric searches week-over-week, according to LyricFind. Kevin Rutherford, Billboard, "Hank Williams' 'Lovesick Blues' Tops LyricFind Global Chart After Viral Yodeling Boy Video," 10 Apr. 2018 The 18-year-old amassed 87 points in 67 games (as a defenseman!) in junior this season and has subsequently seen his stock skyrocket in recent months. Richard Morin, azcentral, "NHL mock draft: Arizona Coyotes select a familiar name with No. 5 pick in first round," 1 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Donovan noted the skyrocketing costs for the city linked to police misconduct settlements. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Common Council approves $3.4 million settlement in ACLU stop-and-frisk lawsuit," 10 July 2018 But that is no longer the case for the Adams or countless other Egyptian families whose incomes have failed to keep pace with skyrocketing prices spurred by measures designed to rescue an economy ravaged by years of chaos after the 2011 revolution. Rachel Scheier,, "Five years after the noisy ouster of an Islamist president, Egyptians are still frustrated — but quiet," 30 June 2018 Part of that loss was due to the skyrocketing cost of local living, which drove middle-class families to the suburbs and left San Francisco with the lowest number of children per capita of any of the nation’s 100 largest cities. Daniel Duane, WIRED, "How the Startup Mentality Failed Kids in San Francisco," 28 June 2018 Consuming added sugar has been linked to a host of health problems, including skyrocketing obesity rates and increased risk for diabetes and heart disease. David Carrig, ajc, "Study: Toddlers consuming more sugar than is recommended for adults," 11 June 2018 Fast forward a few years and Europe was embroiled in its own debt crisis that almost saw Greece leave the Eurozone and caused unemployment to skyrocket in Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Greece too. Judith Vonberg And Lauren Said-moorhouse, CNN, "Bolt, Obama and Gangnam Style: What (and whom) has Merkel outlasted?," 14 Mar. 2018 Kaminsky’s standout senior season caused his stock to skyrocket, and the Hornets drafted him for his work ethic and floor-stretching potential. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "Where are the stars of 2015 NCAA title game? Not where you might have expected. | Charlotte Observer," 8 Mar. 2018 If, for some reason, your income and assets are going to skyrocket drastically, my previous comment is incorrect. Peter Dunn, Indianapolis Star, "Pete the Planner: Know when you're over your head on homeownership," 17 Jan. 2018 There's also evidence of a dire lack of treatment among teens, with the CDC reporting that the suicide rate for teens is skyrocketing. Nicole Spector /, NBC News, "Mental health services: How to get treatment if you can't afford it," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of skyrocket


1673, in the meaning defined above


1886, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of skyrocket

: to increase quickly to a very high level or amount

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