plunge

[ pluhnj ]
/ plʌndʒ /

verb (used with object), plunged, plung·ing.

verb (used without object), plunged, plung·ing.

noun

Idioms

    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

1325–75; Middle English < Middle French plung(i)erVulgar Latin *plumbicāre to heave the lead. See plumb

Related forms

re·plunge, verb, re·plunged, re·plung·ing; nounun·plunged, adjective

Synonym study

1. See dip1.
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British Dictionary definitions for plunging

plunge

/ (plʌndʒ) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for plunge

C14: from Old French plongier, from Vulgar Latin plumbicāre (unattested) to sound with a plummet, from Latin plumbum lead
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Idioms and Phrases with plunging

plunge


see take the plunge.

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