plunge
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /plʌndʒ/
Verb

plunge (plunges, present participle plunging; past and past participle plunged)

  1. (transitive) To thrust into water, or into any substance that is penetrable; to immerse.
    to plunge the body into water
  2. (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
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To baptize by immersion.
  4. (intransitive) To dive, leap or rush (into water or some liquid); to submerge oneself.
    he plunged into the river
  5. (figuratively, intransitive) To fall or rush headlong into some thing, action, state or condition.
    to plunge into debt;   to plunge into controversy
  6. (intransitive) To pitch or throw oneself headlong or violently forward, as a horse does.
    • some wild colt, which […] flings and plunges
  7. (intransitive, slang) To bet heavily and recklessly; to risk large sums in gambling.
  8. (intransitive, obsolete) To entangle or embarrass (mostly used in past participle).
    • Plunged and gravelled with three lines of Seneca.
  9. (intransitive, obsolete) To overwhelm, overpower.
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  • German: vorwärtsstürzen
Noun

plunge (plural plunges)

  1. the act of plunging or submerging
  2. a dive, leap, rush, or pitch into (into water)
    to take the water with a plunge
    A plunge into the sea
  3. (dated) A swimming pool
  4. (figuratively) the act of pitching or throwing oneself headlong or violently forward, like an unruly horse
  5. (slang) heavy and reckless betting in horse racing; hazardous speculation
  6. (obsolete) an immersion in difficulty, embarrassment, or distress; the condition of being surrounded or overwhelmed; a strait; difficulty
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