verb (used with object), plunged, plung·ing.
verb (used without object), plunged, plung·ing.
Origin of plunge
Synonyms for plunge
Related Words for plungedplummet, hurtle, tumble, drop, drive, jump, sink, dip, throw, descend, nose-dive, propel, duck, dash, pitch, submerse, career, lurch, charge, swoop
Examples from the Web for plunged
Contemporary Examples of plunged
In Tuesday trading alone, it plunged by more than 20 percent against the U.S. dollar.Putin Can’t Bully or Bomb a Recession
December 16, 2014
Meanwhile, marriage rates among high-school graduates have declined, and those among high-school dropouts have plunged.The Real Enemy of Marital Bliss Are Those Most Opposed to Marriage Equality
October 25, 2014
As the world from Ferguson to Syria plunged into chaos this summer, public opinion polls rolled in every week.The Polls Are In: ISIS Is Outside Your Window
October 6, 2014
For Tolkien, the tale into which 1914 had plunged him never ended.Why World War I Is at the Heart of ‘Lord of the Rings’
July 29, 2014
Caracas was plunged into darkness in the middle of a televised speech by President Nicolas Maduro.Who Will Maduro Blame for Venezuela’s Blackout This Time?
June 28, 2014
Historical Examples of plunged
He, too, plunged into the sea, and Bunsby and the captain were left alone.Brave and Bold
Her brother's and sister's triumph upon the difficulties into which they have plunged her.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
He plunged into talk with the boys, making them answer questions.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Fretted by the pain, he plunged into the wilderness to hide like a wounded deer.The Bacillus of Beauty
Ongyatasse at our head, we plunged into the river after them.The Trail Book
- 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.