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PLUNGE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does plunge mean? 

PLUNGE (noun)
  The noun PLUNGE has 2 senses:

1. a brief swim in water
2. a steep and rapid fall

  Familiarity information: PLUNGE used as a noun is rare.


PLUNGE (verb)
  The verb PLUNGE has 8 senses:

1. thrust or throw into
2. drop steeply
3. dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity
4. begin with vigor
5. cause to be immersed
6. fall abruptly
7. immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate
8. engross (oneself) fully

  Familiarity information: PLUNGE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PLUNGE (noun)


Sense 1plunge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A brief swim in water

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

plunge; dip

Hypernyms ("plunge" is a kind of...):

swim; swimming (the act of swimming)


Sense 2plunge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A steep and rapid fall

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("plunge" is a kind of...):

drop; fall (a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity)


PLUNGE (verb)


Sense 1plunge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Thrust or throw into

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

plunge; immerse

Context example:

Immerse yourself in hot water

Hypernyms (to "plunge" is one way to...):

penetrate; perforate (pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "plunge"):

sheathe (plunge or bury (a knife or sword) in flesh)

soak (submerge in a liquid)

submerge; submerse (put under water)

dip (immerse in a disinfectant solution)

dip; douse; dunk; plunge; souse (immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

They plunge the object in the water


Sense 2plunge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Drop steeply

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

dive; plunge; plunk

Context example:

the stock market plunged

Hypernyms (to "plunge" is one way to...):

come down; descend; fall; go down (move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "plunge"):

power-dive (make a power dive)

nosedive (plunge nose first; drop with the nose or front first, of aircraft)

duck (submerge or plunge suddenly)

crash-dive (descend steeply and rapidly)

chute; jump; parachute (jump from an airplane and descend with a parachute)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence examples:

The stock market is going to plunge
The airplane is sure to plunge


Sense 3plunge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

She plunged at it eagerly

Hypernyms (to "plunge" is one way to...):

dart; dash; flash; scoot; scud; shoot (run or move very quickly or hastily)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4plunge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Begin with vigor

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

launch; plunge

Context examples:

He launched into a long diatribe / She plunged into a dangerous adventure

Hypernyms (to "plunge" is one way to...):

begin; commence; get; get down; set about; set out; start; start out (take the first step or steps in carrying out an action)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 5plunge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to be immersed

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

immerse; plunge

Context example:

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

Cause:

absorb; engross; engulf; immerse; plunge; soak up; steep (engross (oneself) fully)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 6plunge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fall abruptly

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

dump; plunge

Context example:

It plunged to the bottom of the well

Hypernyms (to "plunge" is one way to...):

drop (to fall vertically)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 7plunge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

dip; dunk; souse; douse; plunge

Context examples:

dip the garment into the cleaning solution / dip the brush into the paint

Hypernyms (to "plunge" is one way to...):

immerse; plunge (thrust or throw into)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "plunge"):

sop (dip into liquid)

dip; douse; duck (dip into a liquid)

dabble (dip a foot or hand briefly into a liquid)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 8plunge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Engross (oneself) fully

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

steep; engulf; engross; immerse; soak up; absorb; plunge

Context example:

He immersed himself into his studies

Hypernyms (to "plunge" is one way to...):

center; centre; concentrate; focus; pore; rivet (direct one's attention on something)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "plunge"):

drink; drink in (be fascinated or spell-bound by; pay close attention to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP


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