- IPA: /plʌndʒ/
plunge (plunges, present participle plunging; past and past participle plunged)
- (transitive) To thrust into water, or into any substance that is penetrable; to immerse.
- to plunge the body into water
- (figuratively, transitive) To cast, stab or throw into some thing, state, condition or action.
- to plunge a dagger into the breast; to plunge a nation into war
- (transitive, obsolete) To baptize by immersion.
- (intransitive) To dive, leap or rush (into water or some liquid); to submerge oneself.
- he plunged into the river
- (figuratively, intransitive) To fall or rush headlong into some thing, action, state or condition.
- to plunge into debt; to plunge into controversy
- (intransitive) To pitch or throw oneself headlong or violently forward, as a horse does.
- some wild colt, which […] flings and plunges
- (intransitive, slang) To bet heavily and recklessly; to risk large sums in gambling.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To entangle or embarrass (mostly used in past participle).
- Plunged and gravelled with three lines of Seneca.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To overwhelm, overpower.
- German: stürzen
- German: vorwärtsstürzen
plunge (plural plunges)
- the act of plunging or submerging
- a dive, leap, rush, or pitch into (into water)
- to take the water with a plunge
- A plunge into the sea
- (dated) A swimming pool
- (figuratively) the act of pitching or throwing oneself headlong or violently forward, like an unruly horse
- (slang) heavy and reckless betting in horse racing; hazardous speculation
- (obsolete) an immersion in difficulty, embarrassment, or distress; the condition of being surrounded or overwhelmed; a strait; difficulty