What does plunge mean?

Definitions for plunge

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dip, plungenoun

    a brief swim in water

  2. plungeverb

    a steep and rapid fall

  3. immerse, plungeverb

    thrust or throw into

    "Immerse yourself in hot water"

  4. dive, plunge, plunkverb

    drop steeply

    "the stock market plunged"

  5. plungeverb

    dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity

    "She plunged at it eagerly"

  6. plunge, launchverb

    begin with vigor

    "He launched into a long diatribe"; "She plunged into a dangerous adventure"

  7. plunge, immerseverb

    cause to be immersed

    "The professor plunged his students into the study of the Italian text"

  8. plunge, dumpverb

    fall abruptly

    "It plunged to the bottom of the well"

  9. dunk, dip, souse, plunge, douseverb

    immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate

    "dip the garment into the cleaning solution"; "dip the brush into the paint"

  10. steep, immerse, engulf, plunge, engross, absorb, soak upverb

    devote (oneself) fully to

    "He immersed himself into his studies"


  1. plungenoun

    the act of plunging or submerging

  2. plungenoun

    a dive, leap, rush, or pitch into (into water)

  3. plungenoun

    the act of pitching or throwing one's self headlong or violently forward, like an unruly horse

  4. plungenoun

    heavy and reckless betting in horse racing; hazardous speculation

  5. plungenoun

    an immersion in difficulty, embarrassment, or distress; the condition of being surrounded or overwhelmed; a strait; difficulty

  6. plungeverb

    to thrust into water, or into any substance that is penetrable; to immerse;

    to plunge the body into water

  7. plungeverb

    to cast or throw into some thing, state, condition or action

  8. plungeverb

    to baptize by immersion

  9. plungeverb

    to dive, leap or rush (into water or some liquid); to submerge one's self

    he plunged into the river

  10. plungeverb

    to fall or rush headlong into some thing, action, state or condition

  11. plungeverb

    to pitch or throw one's self headlong or violently forward, as a horse does

  12. plungeverb

    to bet heavily and with seeming recklessness on a race, or other contest; in an extended sense, to risk large sums in hazardous speculations

  13. plungeverb

    to entangle or embarrass (mostly used in past participle)

  14. plungeverb

    to overwhelm, overpower

  15. Etymology: From plungen, ploungen, plungier, from plonger, (Modern French plonger), from unattested frequentative *, from plumbum. Compare plumb, plounce.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Plungenoun

    She was weary of her life, since she was brought to that plunge; to conceal her husband’s murder, or accuse her son. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    People, when put to a plunge, cry out to heaven for help, without helping themselves. Roger L'Estrange.

    Wilt thou behold me sinking in my woes?
    And wilt thou not reach out a friendly arm,
    To raise me from amidst this plunge of sorrows? Addison.

    He must be a good man; a quality which Marcus Tullius Cicero and are much at a plunge in asserting to the Greek and Roman orators. Thomas Baker, Reflections on Learning.

  2. To PLUNGEverb

    Etymology: plonger, Fr.

    Plunge us in the flames. John Milton.

    Headlong from hence to plunge herself she springs,
    But shoots along supported on her wings. Dryden.

    I mean to plunge the boy in pleasing sleep,
    And ravish’d in Italian bow’rs to keep. Dryden.

    O conscience! into what abyss of fears
    And horrors hast thou driv’n me? out of which
    I find no way; from deep to deeper plung’d. John Milton.

    Without a prudent determination in matters before us, we shall be plunged into perpetual errors. Isaac Watts.

    At this advanc’d, and sudden as the word,
    In proud Plexippus’ bosom plung’d the sword. Dryden.

    Let them not be too hasty to plunge their enquiries at once into the depths of knowledge. Isaac Watts.

  3. To Plungeverb

    Accoutred as I was, I plunged in. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    His courser plung’d,
    And threw him off; the waves whelm’d over him,
    And helpless in his heavy arms he drown’d. Dryden.

    When thou, thy ship o’erwhelm’d with waves, shalt be
    Forc’d to plunge naked in the raging sea. John Dryden.

    When tortoises have been a long time upon the water, their shell being dried in the sun, they are easily taken; by reason they cannot plunge into the water nimbly enough. John Ray.

    He could find no other way to conceal his adultery, but to plunge into the guilt of a murther. John Tillotson.

    Bid me for honour plunge into a war
    Then shalt thou see that Marcus is not slow. Addison.

    Impotent of mind and uncontroul’d,
    He plung’d into the gulph which heav’n foretold. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plungeverb

    to thrust into water, or into any substance that is penetrable; to immerse; to cause to penetrate or enter quickly and forcibly; to thrust; as, to plunge the body into water; to plunge a dagger into the breast. Also used figuratively; as, to plunge a nation into war

  2. Plungeverb

    to baptize by immersion

  3. Plungeverb

    to entangle; to embarrass; to overcome

  4. Plungeverb

    to thrust or cast one's self into water or other fluid; to submerge one's self; to dive, or to rush in; as, he plunged into the river. Also used figuratively; as, to plunge into debt

  5. Plungeverb

    to pitch or throw one's self headlong or violently forward, as a horse does

  6. Plungeverb

    to bet heavily and with seeming recklessness on a race, or other contest; in an extended sense, to risk large sums in hazardous speculations

  7. Plungenoun

    the act of thrusting into or submerging; a dive, leap, rush, or pitch into, or as into, water; as, to take the water with a plunge

  8. Plungenoun

    hence, a desperate hazard or act; a state of being submerged or overwhelmed with difficulties

  9. Plungenoun

    the act of pitching or throwing one's self headlong or violently forward, like an unruly horse

  10. Plungenoun

    heavy and reckless betting in horse racing; hazardous speculation

  11. Etymology: [OE. ploungen, OF. plongier, F. plonger, fr. (assumed) LL. plumbicare, fr. L. plumbum lead. See Plumb.]


  1. Plungė

    Plungė is a city in Lithuania with 23,246 inhabitants. It has a crab stick factory which exports to many countries in Europe. Before World War II, Plunge had a large Jewish population.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Plunge

    plunj, v.t. to cast suddenly into water or other fluid: to force suddenly (into): to immerse.—v.i. to sink suddenly into any fluid: to dive: to pitch suddenly forward and throw up the hind-legs, as a horse: to rush into any danger: (slang) to gamble recklessly.—n. act of plunging: act of rushing headlong, as a horse.—n. Plung′er, one who plunges: a diver: a long solid cylinder used as a forcer in pumps: (mil.) a cavalry-man: one who bets heavily.—adj. Plung′ing, rushing headlong: aimed from higher ground, as fire upon an enemy.—n. the putting or sinking under water, or other fluid: the act of a horse trying to throw its rider.—Plunge bath, a bath large enough to allow the whole body under water. [O. Fr. plonger—L. plumbum, lead.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'plunge' in Verbs Frequency: #890

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plunge in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plunge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of plunge in a Sentence

  1. Lakshheish M Patel:

    Ordinary investors know that Reliance share price has crazily run up from Rs.1060 to 2800 in just one year and this is very abnormal so obviously it will come down drastically. Retailers also know that when Reliance shares goes down, other companies shares plunge more deeply. Ordinary Retailers are selling their shares to avoid losses

  2. Peter Cardillo:

    The market is still very much in gripped by the plunge in oil prices and this morning we're seeing a slightly little better tone to oil prices.

  3. Special Representative Abdoulaye Bathily:

    After almost 20 years of violence, civil war, it would be really sad for Burundi to plunge again into a new circle of violence.

  4. Hao Hong:

    But even if a technical reprieve could be in store, potential USD strength and mild market sentiment despite a significant plunge suggest any oversold relief will be transient, and fraught with bouts of volatility, hence, it will be very difficult to trade.

  5. Wang Yu:

    The pattern in a bull market is that immediately after a plunge, money will pile in, pushing the market higher, to many investors, the rout last week means a huge reduction in market risks, creating new buying opportunities.

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