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 low mortgage rates have driven a surge in refinances, lenders have seen their profits on mortgage underwriting skyrocket, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. R.a. Schuetz, Houston Chronicle, "Lenders see mortgage profits skyrocket to highest levels in three years," 3 Sep. 2019 DuPell points out that his neighbor – ironically himself an insurance agent – saw his annual homeowner's insurance rate skyrocket from $1,200 to $4,000. Ed Leefeldt, CBS News, "After wildfires, hundreds of thousands of Californians can't get insurance," 30 Aug. 2019 The motivational speaker and best-selling author saw her brand skyrocket after an Instagram post of her proudly displaying her stretch marks in a bikini went viral in 2015. Laura Turner, Vox, "A brief history of “doing life together”," 2 Aug. 2019 Their additions of both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in free agency will likely see their worth skyrocket in the coming years., "The 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams in the World," 24 July 2019 Ex-contestants invariably see their social media follower count skyrocket into the millions. Dominic Rech And Rob Picheta, CNN, "Love Island: Is Britain's hit show genius or dangerous?," 28 July 2019 The population of Downtown Los Angeles, which encompasses Skid Row and a number of other smaller neighborhoods, has seen its population skyrocket from just 18,000 people two decades ago to currently 76,000. Andrew O'reilly | Fox News, Fox News, "LA push to develop Skid Row prompts new clashes in California's homeless crisis," 14 July 2019 Robinson's form should see his rating on FIFA 20 skyrocket from his FIFA 19 incarnation. Gonzalo Martínez,, "FIFA 20: Every Atlanta United Player's Predicted Ultimate Team Rating," 10 July 2019 The president has seen numbers of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border skyrocket under his term despite his hardline policies and tough-talk. CBS News, "Acting DHS secretary expects border crossings to drop by 25% in June," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sissy Franzoy, one of the festival organizers, says that after the festival was featured on the Food Network in 2003, attendance skyrocketed, drawing visitors from Japan, Australia, and Germany. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "How Hatch Chile Season Became the Pumpkin Spice of the Southwest," 13 Sep. 2019 Still, that hasn't stopped people's interest in dabbling with it, with searches skyrocketing since August 2016, particularly in Indiana, Vermont, Oklahoma, and Kentucky. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Buy CBD Oil-Infused Candles," 13 Sep. 2019 Zimbabwe stopped using its native currency in 2009 because of skyrocketing inflation and hyperinflation; at its nadir, the 100-trillion dollar bill was roughly the equivalent of 40 cents US. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Cubed wombat poop, why your left nut runs hot, among Ig Nobel winners," 12 Sep. 2019 Hospitals represent the largest expenditure in health care, and hospitalization costs have skyrocketed in Colorado, rising 76% between 2009 and 2016, according to the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Kaiser Permanente Colorado, now 50, facing mid-life struggles," 8 Sep. 2019 South Florida’s ever-rising rents can be a pain, but a wave of new apartments may help keep rent prices from skyrocketing, according to a national survey. David Lyons,, "Rent prices keep rising, but here’s how some renters may finally get a break," 6 Sep. 2019 The country is experiencing skyrocketing rates of opioid prescriptions and related deaths. Washington Post, "Australia follows familiar, grim path to an opioid crisis," 5 Sep. 2019 But at the edge of a rainforest island, humidity plummets and temperatures skyrocket. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Horrifying Science of the Deforestation Fueling Amazon Fires," 23 Aug. 2019 And one of the government's leading research agencies is saying that rates of deforestation in the Amazon are skyrocketing - along with the rate of forest fires. oregonlive, "Brazil’s president claims Amazon rainforest fires are being set by his critics," 22 Aug. 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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