sky·​rock·​et | \ˈskī-ˌrä-kət \

Definition of skyrocket 

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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

The factors that help a tweet like that—or any attempt to delight or upset the public—skyrocket have changed in the decade since the online platform sprouted. Luke O’neil, WSJ, "The Elusive Art of Going Viral on Twitter," 27 Sep. 2018 One company that has seen its valuation skyrocket is Manbang Group, the truck-hailing firm whose apps let Chinese truckers contract with shippers for cargo. Liza Lin, WSJ, "In China, a Dot-Com Déjà-Vu," 13 Oct. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The sour mood stands in contrast to a year ago, when cryptocurrencies captured the imagination of individual investors as prices skyrocketed. Steven Russolillo, WSJ, "Bitcoin Continues Steep Fall as Cryptocurrency Collapse Worsens," 26 Nov. 2018 As Paramore skyrocketed to pop-punk stardom in the late 2000s and early 2010s, lead singer Hayley Williams became just as famous for her ever-changing but always-bold hair colors as her incredible vocal range. Marci Robin, Allure, "Paramore's Hayley Williams Is Launching Her GoodDyeYoung Hair-Color Brand at Sephora," 29 Sep. 2018 The move comes at a particularly sensitive time as tensions between Washington and Tehran have skyrocketed during the Trump administration. Alex Ward, Vox, "The US is evacuating diplomats from an Iraqi consulate citing credible threats from Iran," 28 Sep. 2018 Even as the temperatures skyrocket there are some girls who always manage to look cool. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Finds Summer’s Perfect Sundress," 20 July 2018 Though Camilla may never get to that level, her worth as Queen Consort will surely skyrocket once the transfer of power is complete. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "How Camilla Parker Bowles Gained a Large Net Worth Even Before Marrying Prince Charles," 6 July 2018 As Meghan’s fame has skyrocketed, Serena has become a go-to resource. Maura Hohman,, "Everything We Know About Meghan Markle and Serena Williams' Empowering Friendship," 3 July 2018 As downtown Kansas City rents have skyrocketed, the Kansas City Council has urged developers to include more affordable units in their properties. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "JoCo agency gave low-income residents a lifeline. Now it's shutting down," 1 July 2018 Long-term residents demand affordable houses as prices have skyrocketed. Joost Akkermans,, "Amsterdam is about to get its first female mayor," 28 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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