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  1. plunge
    IPA[plənj]
  2. verb

    • 1. jump or dive quickly and energetically:

      our daughters whooped as they plunged into the sea
      Synonym : jump, dive, hurl oneself, throw oneself, fling oneself, launch oneself, catapult oneself, cast oneself, pitch oneself
    • 2. fall suddenly and uncontrollably:

      a car swerved to avoid a bus and plunged into a ravine
      Synonym : crash, plummet, pitch, drop, fall, fall headlong, tumble, nosedive, take a nosedive, crash-dive, descend
    • 3. embark impetuously on a speech or course of action:

      overconfident researchers who plunge ahead
    • 4. suffer a rapid decrease in value:

      their fourth-quarter operating profit plunged 25%
      Synonym : fall steeply/sharply, plummet, drop rapidly, go down, tumble, sink, slump, crash, nosedive, take a nosedive
    • 5. (of a ship) pitch:

      the ship plunged through the 20-foot seas
      Synonym : lurch, pitch, roll, reel, toss around, keel, list, wallow, labor, flounder, make heavy weather, pitchpole
    • 6. push or thrust quickly:

      he plunged his hands into his pockets
    • 7. put (something) in liquid so as to immerse it completely:

      cover the cucumbers with boiling water and then plunge them into iced water
    • 8. suddenly bring into a specified condition or state:

      for a moment the scene was illuminated, then it was plunged back into darkness
      Synonym : throw, cast, pitch
    • 9. sink (a plant or a pot containing a plant) in the ground:

      pot up and plunge spring-flowering bulbs

    noun

  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: plunge, 3rd person present: plunges, gerund or present participle: plunging, past tense: plunged, past participle: plunged

    • verb

      jump or dive quickly and energetically:

      fall suddenly and uncontrollably:

    • noun

      an act of jumping or diving into water:

      a swift and drastic fall in value or amount:

    • noun

      a deep basin excavated at the foot of a waterfall by the action of the falling water.

      a small, deep swimming pool, typically one filled with cold water and used to refresh or invigorate the body after a sauna.

    • noun

      an electric saw with a projecting blade that can make precision cuts by plunging into dense materials.
    • noun

      a deep basin excavated at the foot of a waterfall by the action of the falling water.

      a small, deep swimming pool, typically one filled with cold water and used to refresh or invigorate the body after a sauna.

    • commit oneself to a course of action about which one is nervous
    • commit oneself to a course of action about which one is nervous
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