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

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

intransitive verb

: to shoot up abruptly prices are skyrocketing

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Synonyms & Antonyms for skyrocket

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of skyrocket in a Sentence

Verb His popularity skyrocketed after his latest movie. the crisis has caused oil prices to skyrocket
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Infection rates are just beginning to skyrocket in many countries, and subsequent waves will undoubtedly occur in the U.S. and elsewhere. Robert Klitzman, STAT, "Pandemic politics: What leaders should — and shouldn’t — learn from Napoleon," 25 June 2020 Harris County businesses must now require all customers to wear masks through June 30 as the number of patients in hospitals skyrocket, with even Texas Children’s Hospital having to take on adult patients. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Jersey Village to adhere to COVID-19 ordinances put in place by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo," 23 June 2020 Genius Brands International, a children's media company, has seen its stock skyrocket an incredible 2,000% in the past month. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "What is Genius Brands? The little-known stock rose over 2,000% in the past month," 5 June 2020 This, compounded with the city’s geographical limitations and political reluctance to increase housing density, made rents skyrocket, which increased Seattle’s homeless population and pushed out people who can’t afford to live there. Peter Allen Clark, Time, "Seattle Protestors Are Occupying 6 City Blocks as an ‘Autonomous Zone.’ Some Fear a Police Crackdown Is Imminent," 11 June 2020 The index is currently trading at around 25 times the next 12 months earnings, according to S&P Global data, and many of the biggest names leading the rally have seen price-to-earnings ratios skyrocket, hitting new highs amid the crisis. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "Morgan Stanley says these four factors could clip the wings on the S&P 500 rally," 9 June 2020 Iowa reported its unemployment rate skyrocket to a record-high 10.2% percent in April with no end to the economic carnage brought on by the lingering COVID-19 pandemic in sight. Glenn Minnis, Washington Examiner, "Unemployment rate hits record high in Iowa," 8 June 2020 Not only did McDonald’s profits skyrocket with the new product, but that also forced its competitors to come up with breakfast items of their own. cleveland, "Beyond the McMuffin: 6 breakfast sandwiches you can make at home," 2 June 2020 Go for the longer-range dual-motor versions and the lease cost skyrockets. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "Electric Vehicle Lease Deals," 22 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Without sports, dropout rates in districts such as Detroit’s could skyrocket. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "A plea to Gretchen Whitmer: Don't kill high school football in 2020 | Mick McCabe," 28 June 2020 As cases skyrocket, some states are hitting the brake on reopening plans. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "5 things to know for June 26: Coronavirus, police, Obamacare, India, White supremacy," 26 June 2020 But despite conservatives often touting the need for fiscal responsibility, the national debt and deficit has continued to skyrocket. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Club for Growth, key conservative group, says Texas isn’t a battleground but has ‘clearly gotten closer’," 25 June 2020 Oklahoma’s new cases of the coronavirus have continued to skyrocket as the state reported its second-biggest daily increase on the eve of President Trump’s huge indoor campaign rally. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: June 18-19," 20 June 2020 Oklahoma’s new cases of the coronavirus have continued to skyrocket as the state reported its second-biggest daily increase in its case load Friday. Robert Klemko,, "Oklahoma Supreme Court rejects legal bid to stop Trump’s Tulsa rally over coronavirus concerns," 19 June 2020 The company remained open during the pandemic and saw online sales skyrocket more than 275% in April. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "Target raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour," 17 June 2020 Trump plans to talk up his fight with the virus, the turnaround in employment and the new predictions that economic growth will skyrocket early next year. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Back on: Trump to restart 2020 rallies Friday in Oklahoma, GOP convention to move from NC," 10 June 2020 Dogs should be taken to a veterinarian as soon as possible to treat symptoms such as seizures, heart problems such as arrhythmia and body temperatures that skyrocket and then plunge. Jay Cannon, USA TODAY, "Florida tells residents to humanely kill these invasive, toxic toads that are lethal to pets," 12 June 2020

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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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The first known use of skyrocket was in 1673

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30 Jun 2020

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“Skyrocket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of skyrocket

: to increase quickly to a very high level or amount

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