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

That means most consumer-grade fireworks, from Roman candles and skyrockets to pinwheels and morning glories, are prohibited in the Buckeye State. Jessie Balmert,, "Can I shoot off fireworks in my backyard? Not legally in Ohio.," 30 June 2019 This quarter’s star — Turning Point — saw its stock skyrocket after listing on the Nasdaq in April. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "As global IPO market sputters, San Diego companies see another strong quarter," 26 June 2019 The 130-year-old Texas Pacific Land Trust is situated in the heart of the booming Permian Basin and has seen its value skyrocket in recent years because of its prime oil acreage. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Feuding, $6B Texas land trust will consider C-corp conversion," 24 June 2019 American Airlines saw its passenger traffic skyrocket in April, as 31,145 passengers traveled with the carrier, a jump of 18,067 passengers over last year. Anthony Clark Carpio,, "Passenger activity at Hollywood Burbank Airport springs to life in April," 6 June 2019 The goal is to do them as quickly as possible, so that your heart rate skyrockets. Amy Marturana, SELF, "5 Exercises to Try If You Hate Burpees," 19 May 2019 As the writer and director of the critically acclaimed films Get Out and Us, as well as the showrunner on CBS All Access' new Twilight Zone reboot, Jordan Peele has seen his career skyrocket over the past few years. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "A Complete Timeline of Jordan Peele and Wife Chelsea Peretti's Low-Key Relationship," 8 Apr. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And as Swift fans pledged their loyalty to Delta Rae, something else started happening: The Kickstarter numbers skyrocketed. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, "Meet Delta Rae, the indie band unexpectedly launched to fame by the Taylor Swift-Scooter Braun feud," 3 July 2019 Which means she’s seen drag skyrocket in visibility, and she’s performed at a lot of Pride celebrations. Erika W. Smith,, "Shangela On Pride: “Remember, The Work Is Not Over”," 25 June 2019 Her odds skyrocket when she’s joined by another woman. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Why One Diverse Candidate Isn't Enough: Broadsheet for June 24," 24 June 2019 Leonardo or not, in five years' time, the Salvator Mundi skyrocketed in value. Dana Jacobson, CBS News, "Is "Salvator Mundi" a real Leonardo da Vinci painting?," 22 June 2019 It was meant to be a combination of civilians, federal police officers, and members of the Army and Navy’s policing force that would tackle the country’s skyrocketing violence. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Military officials recruiting civilians for National Guard in Baja California," 13 June 2019 This documentary, which opens June 21 in San Jose, re-evaluates his skyrocketing career and his fall from grace. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, "Weekend movies: ‘Men in Black,’ ‘Shaft’ are back," 11 June 2019 The sales of 14-inch screen TV sets skyrocketed earlier in 1953 when Buckingham Palace announced that the event would be televised. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The True Story Behind Queen Elizabeth II's Groundbreaking Coronation," 10 June 2019 Revenue Total revenue skyrocketed from $60 million in the year-ago quarter to $122 million in the three months ended April 30. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "Investors saw much to love in Zoom’s first earnings report as a public company," 7 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of skyrocket

: to increase quickly to a very high level or amount

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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