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

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 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 O’Malley takes over the court at a time when the number of children being bound over to adult court has skyrocketed back to the levels before the reforms. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County juvenile court gets new chief judge," 31 Oct. 2019 Los Angeles Times Fentanyl overdose deaths have skyrocketed in San Luis Obispo County since May, health officials warn. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Will the power go out again today?," 23 Oct. 2019 Continuing to market menthol and mint pods, advocates say, will do little to deter teen vaping, which has skyrocketed in recent years. Wired, "Juul, Under Heavy Fire, Pulls Fruit-Flavored Pods From US," 17 Oct. 2019 The blockade has devastated Gaza’s economy and caused the unemployment rate to skyrocket to over 50%. Washington Post, "With little to show, Gazans question mass border protests," 11 Oct. 2019 Hendriks’ potency is all mind over matter; his skyrocketed strikeout rate — a dominant 16.00 K/9 (47 percent of his outs are via strikeout) — elevates an otherwise shaky A’s bullpen into wins. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Oakland Athletics’ closer Liam Hendriks nominated for Roberto Clemente Award, nears major milestones," 12 Sep. 2019 All, Lee suspected, would cause park visitation to skyrocket. Jake Bullinger, Outside Online, "Have 50 Years of Overcrowded Parks Taught Us Nothing?," 30 Mar. 2018 Public pension rates are certain to skyrocket next year and House Speaker Tina Kotek’s office already predicts the state will need $1.2 billion in new revenue to prevent cuts to current state spending. Hillary Borrud,, "Kate Brown remains undecided on whether Oregon should copy part of 'Trump tax plan'," 30 Mar. 2018 Here, Vodafone is opting for a structure that gives investors all the upside if the shares skyrocket simply to reduce the costs for itself. Washington Post, "Vodafone’s $4.5 Billion Happy Meal for Hedge Funds," 18 Sep. 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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13 Oct 2019

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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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