verb (used with object), plunged, plung·ing.
verb (used without object), plunged, plung·ing.
- plunge basin,
- plunge bath,
- plunge pool,
Origin of plunge
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|Ted Gioia|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And nobody expected oil prices to plunge so quickly, either.
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|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The vote on Sunday could take Ukraine toward a modern functioning democracy or plunge it back into a cesspool of corruption.
Stewart took the plunge in response to Matt Lauer's televised Today Show challenge.The Ice Bucket Challenge: Celebrities Promote ALS Awareness, Washboard Abs|Amy Zimmerman|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But this feeling, which supported me in the commencement of my career, now serves only to plunge me lower in the dust.Frankenstein|Mary Shelley
He braced his frame like one preparing for a plunge into cold waters.The Woman in Black|Edmund Clerihew Bentley
So I ordered two or three of my best swimmers to strip and be ready to plunge into the river.Life in an Indian Outpost|Gordon Casserly
It is most pleasant when the waters close over your head and you plunge to the bottom.Children's Classics In Dramatic Form|Augusta Stevenson
At a given signal they plunge their heads simultaneously into the water.Children of Borneo|Edwin Herbert Gomes
- to resolve to do something dangerous or irrevocable
- to get married
Word Origin 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).
see take the plunge.