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

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

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

Hell, publishers have been arguing games need to increase in price this generation as budgets skyrocket. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Metro Exodus is skipping Steam for the Epic Games Store, and passing the savings on to you," 28 Jan. 2019 Data on drug overdoses shows a rapidly accelerating trend—a slower increase from 1999 until 2014, and then a skyrocketing 16 percent per year from 2014 until 2017. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "US life expectancy continues to move in reverse," 29 Nov. 2018 But while Drescher’s career was skyrocketing, her personal life was struggling. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Fran Drescher Was Always Ahead of Her Time," 30 Aug. 2018 This caused their prices to plummet and their accessibility to skyrocket. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Losing my drone religion," 23 Oct. 2018 Sales skyrocketed and other companies quickly followed suit. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "All-Season Tires: Can They Really Handle Winter Weather?," 28 Jan. 2019 This is by no means concluding that masturbating is going to make your immunity skyrocket. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "14 Benefits of Female Masturbation and Why Every Woman Should Do It," 31 Dec. 2018 With the increasing cost of life in Washington, and skyrocketing cost of a successful campaign—this year was the most expensive election on record—there are important questions to be asked about how and where politicians live. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a point about housing for Congress," 21 Nov. 2018 Authorities accused Vahid Mazloumin of interfering in the markets for dollars and gold coins, causing values to skyrocket. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "As Economy Withers, Iran Imposes Harsh Crackdown on Fraud," 26 Dec. 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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