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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

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 Falling birthrates arrived at voluntarily are just a sign that individual productivity per child born is set to skyrocket. John Tamny, Forbes, 16 May 2021 His cryptic comments prompted Dogecoin’s price and popularity to skyrocket. Eleanore Park, WSJ, 8 May 2021 Hate incidents against Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States are continuing to skyrocket during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released Thursday by a national coalition battling the problem. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 6 May 2021 As Utah’s housing market continues to skyrocket, moving the dream of homeownership out of reach for many working families, Ogden City is partnering with a national organization to offer its employees and educators a leg up. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Feb. 2021 And nothing about the rest of Emi Jay’s success has been accidental, although there were some celebrity-level serendipitous events that helped the brand’s star skyrocket. Karin Eldor, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Because everyone is in the mood to watch one family skyrocket to success during a global pandemic. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 18 May 2021 While the daily number of new COVID-19 cases is dropping, Florida still leads the nation in new infections as those caused by mutated strains of the coronavirus skyrocket, according to the latest reports from state health officials. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 12 May 2021 Price increases in road fuel may stoke even more worries about inflation as commodities from oil to lumber to corn skyrocket with the world’s major economies emerging from pandemic restrictions. al, 10 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the Coachella Valley, temperatures Wednesday and Thursday could skyrocket from 116 to 120 degrees, said Philip Gonsalves of the National Weather Service’s San Diego office. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2021 In Reno, one of the fastest-growing markets, Rosi Booker of Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty has seen monthly rent prices skyrocket. Adrienne Gaffney, WSJ, 2 June 2021 These astronomical earnings have seen per-share earnings skyrocket nearly 223% in the last 36 months to $7.75 in the 2020 fiscal year. - Investing Reimagined, Forbes, 24 May 2021 The Ducks are No. 13 in adjusted RPI and 100 in strength of schedule, metrics that will skyrocket after marquee games like this weekend. oregonlive, 9 Apr. 2021 The mRNA vaccines in particular make antibody levels skyrocket after the second dose., 2 June 2021 The increase in demand, combined with the hiring challenges, has caused wholesale beef prices to shoot up 49 percent since mid-March and prices of steak cuts to skyrocket 64 percent, according to the Department of Agriculture. New York Times, 2 June 2021 The mRNA vaccines in particular make antibody levels skyrocket after the second dose. Lauran Neergaard,, 2 June 2021 The House Financial Service Committee on Thursday held its third hearing on what caused the shares of GameStop and other companies to skyrocket in January and fall just as fast. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, 7 May 2021

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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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19 Jun 2021

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“Skyrocket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of skyrocket

: to increase quickly to a very high level or amount


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