- to cast or thrust forcibly or suddenly into something, as a liquid, a penetrable substance, a place, etc.; immerse; submerge: to plunge a dagger into one's heart.
- to bring suddenly or forcibly into some condition, situation, etc.: to plunge a country into war; to pull a switch and plunge a house into darkness.
- Horticulture. to place (a potted plant) up to its rim in soil or in certain other materials, as sand or moss.
- Surveying. to transit (the telescope of a transit or theodolite).
- to cast oneself, or fall as if cast, into water, a hole, etc.
- to rush or dash with headlong haste: to plunge through a crowd.
- to bet or speculate recklessly: to plunge on the stock market.
- to throw oneself impetuously or abruptly into some condition, situation, matter, etc.: to plunge into debt.
- to descend abruptly or precipitously, as a cliff, road, etc.
- to pitch violently forward, as a horse, ship, etc.
- act of plunging.
- a leap or dive, as into water.
- a headlong or impetuous rush or dash: a plunge into danger.
- a sudden, violent pitching movement.
- a place for plunging or diving, as a swimming pool.
- Geology. pitch1(def 45).
- take the plunge, to enter with sudden decision upon an unfamiliar course of action, as after hesitation or deliberation: She took the plunge and invested her entire savings in the plan.
Origin of plunge
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Examples from the Web for plunge
Cocker, for his part, worked briefly as an apprentice gasfitter but decided to take the plunge into the world of commercial music.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker
December 23, 2014
And nobody expected oil prices to plunge so quickly, either.How Crimea Crashed the Russian Economy
December 17, 2014
So, with good ideas in the air, we plunge into one of the knottier sections of the story.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
The vote on Sunday could take Ukraine toward a modern functioning democracy or plunge it back into a cesspool of corruption.Ukraine’s Wild and Wooly Elections
October 24, 2014
Stewart took the plunge in response to Matt Lauer's televised Today Show challenge.The Ice Bucket Challenge: Celebrities Promote ALS Awareness, Washboard Abs
August 11, 2014
"I knew he'd plunge," he said, taking the chair proffered him, near Shepler's desk.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Now, she quickened her pace, anxious for the plunge that should set the term to sorrow.Within the Law
She lay looking at me like a deer that I had shot, waiting for me to plunge in the knife.The Trail Book
And if you have no weapon take my knife and plunge it into this sad heart, and let me die!Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
We might dine early, and plunge into the desert later, when the moon was high.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
- (usually foll by into) to thrust or throw (something, oneself, etc)they plunged into the sea
- to throw or be thrown into a certain state or conditionthe room was plunged into darkness
- (usually foll by into) to involve or become involved deeply (in)he plunged himself into a course of Sanskrit
- (intr) to move or dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity
- (intr) to descend very suddenly or steeplythe ship plunged in heavy seas; a plunging neckline
- (intr) informal to speculate or gamble recklessly, for high stakes, etc
- a leap or dive as into water
- informal a swim; dip
- mainly US a place where one can swim or dive, such as a swimming pool
- a headlong rusha plunge for the exit
- a pitching or tossing motion
- take the plunge informal
- to resolve to do something dangerous or irrevocable
- to get married
Word Origin and History for plunge
late 14c., "to put or thrust violently into," also intransitive, from Old French plongier "plunge, sink into; plunge into, dive in" (mid-12c., Modern French plonger), from Vulgar Latin *plumbicare "to heave the lead," from Latin plumbum "lead" (see plumb (n.)). Original notion perhaps is of a sounding lead or a fishing net weighted with lead. Related: Plunged; plunging. Plunging neckline attested from 1949.
c.1400, "deep pool," from plunge (v.). From late 15c. as "a sudden pitch forward;" meaning "act of plunging" is from 1711. Figurative use in take the plunge "commit oneself" is from 1845, from earlier noun sense of "point of being in trouble or danger" (1530s).
Idioms and Phrases with plunge
see take the plunge.