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
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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Around him was proof of UMBC’s skyrocketing Q Rating. Jonas Shaffer,, "For UMBC men's basketball, March Madness still lingers at summer camps," 10 July 2018 Fed up with lack of funding from Tallahassee and under pressure from a frustrated teacher corps that can't keep up with skyrocketing costs of living, the Miami-Dade County school district may soon turn to voters for help. Colleen Wright, miamiherald, "Miami-Dade is an A-rated school district. Will voters decide to pay teachers more?," 27 June 2018 The morning event was held at the Village Hall of southwest suburban Homer Glen, where residents served by Illinois American Water complained of skyrocketing monthly bills. Patrick M. O'connell,, "Officials, residents urge governor to veto water bill they say would harm communities," 25 June 2018 The case is the first test of a new law aimed at reining in skyrocketing drug costs in New York’s Medicaid program. Katie Thomas, New York Times, "A Drug Costs $272,000 a Year. Not So Fast, Says New York State.," 24 June 2018 Trump’s personal attorney, is facing mounting pressure from two active federal investigations, contending with skyrocketing legal bills and planning to change lawyers in the near future ... Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: It's U.S. states that will bear the brunt of Trump's tariffs," 14 June 2018 Women are the fastest growing prison population in the United States today, with women’s imprisonment skyrocketing 834 percent over 40 years. Yosha Gunasekera, Marie Claire, "How One Woman's Sexual Abuse Resulted in Years Behind Bars," 11 May 2018 With housing costs skyrocketing, a social service agency that helps people find affordable housing has started a project that could offer a bit of help: a pocket neighborhood in Garden City. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "These small but affordable Garden City homes are being snapped up before they’re built | Idaho Statesman," 11 Apr. 2018 Since the start of the show, the farm's attendance has skyrocketed. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Amy Roloff's Net Worth Goes Way Beyond 'Little People, Big World'," 2 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of skyrocket

: to increase quickly to a very high level or amount

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something valued as if it were money

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