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sky·​rock·​et ˈskī-ˌrä-kət How to pronounce skyrocket (audio)


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skyrocketed; skyrocketing; skyrockets

transitive verb

: to cause to rise or increase abruptly and rapidly

intransitive verb

: to shoot up abruptly
prices are skyrocketing

Example Sentences

Verb His popularity skyrocketed after his latest movie. the crisis has caused oil prices to skyrocket
Recent Examples on the Web
Non-profit organizations with significant humanitarian missions will often find their donations skyrocket in response to a major disaster. Matthew Cascio, Fortune, 26 Dec. 2022 And with millions suddenly working from home and gyms shut down from coast to coast, fitness equipment makers like Peloton saw their sales skyrocket. Andrew Torgan, CNN, 14 Aug. 2022 Based in Newport Beach, CA, and led by CEO Asma Ishaq, Modere saw its revenue skyrocket over the past five years, growing by over 1,700% from 2016 to 2020. Robert Reiss, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 Reese has spent the past year watching his stock skyrocket since deciding to transfer to the Cleveland high school that’s sent plenty of players to Columbus over the past 20 years. Stephen Means, cleveland, 7 Dec. 2022 Amid the uncertainty surrounding Twitter, the social media app Mastodon has seen its popularity skyrocket in recent weeks. Catherine Thorbecke, CNN, 18 Nov. 2022 Plus, Stevenson has seen his usage skyrocket in the past few weeks. Nick Hennion, Chicago Tribune, 24 Oct. 2022 Retirees, like the rest of us, are seeing many of their everyday expenses skyrocket. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 15 Sep. 2022 After watching her career skyrocket in the years since thanks to millions of devoted online followers, Dossi now is in the process of adding music to her already impressive repertoire. Tricia Despres, Peoplemag, 29 Aug. 2022
Without it, municipalities could see a huge loss of revenue at a time when the costs of adapting to climate change are expected to skyrocket. Alex Lubben, NBC News, 20 Sep. 2022 Less than 1% of cars on U.S. roadways today are electric, according to Reuters, but sales have grown significantly over the last decade and are expected to skyrocket in the coming years. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 25 Aug. 2022 The country’s digital payments market—already at $3 trillion in value—is expected to skyrocket to $10 trillion by 2026, according to Boston Consulting Group. Wired, 13 July 2022 While infections are expected to skyrocket, the IHME model shows hospitalizations and deaths will be about the same. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 22 Dec. 2021 On Sunday, top health officials in the U.S. made television appearances warning Americans that coronavirus cases are expected to skyrocket as the highly transmissible omicron variant circulates. Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2021 Though the campaigns’ October expenses are not expected to be disclosed until early November, their spending is expected to skyrocket., 30 Oct. 2021 The 60-year scorecard now stands at 591 people who have reached space or its edges — and is expected to skyrocket as space tourism heats up. Time, 19 Sep. 2021 Nearly 600 people have reached space — a scorecard that began 60 years ago and is expected to soon skyrocket as space tourism heats up. Marcia Dunn, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1673, in the meaning defined above


1886, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of skyrocket was in 1673

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Cite this Entry

“Skyrocket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
sky·​rock·​et ˈskī-ˌräk-ət How to pronounce skyrocket (audio)


2 of 2 verb
: to shoot up suddenly
costs have skyrocketed
: to cause to rise or increase rapidly

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