To lunge is to move forward suddenly, often in a thrusting manner. A parent might lunge to grab a runaway child.

Lunging is not usually a graceful movement. A lunge is quick and desperate. If it suddenly rains, people will lunge to get under an awning. In football, when the ball is hiked, the linemen lunge at each other. Lunging always involves moving forward.

Definitions of lunge
  1. noun
    the act of moving forward suddenly
    synonyms: lurch
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    type of:
    motion, move, movement
    the act of changing location from one place to another
  2. noun
    (fencing) an attacking thrust made with one foot forward and the back leg straight and with the sword arm outstretched forward
    synonyms: passado, straight thrust
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    type of:
    knife thrust, stab, thrust
    a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument
  3. verb
    make a thrusting forward movement
    synonyms: hurl, hurtle, thrust
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    move with sudden speed
    make a return thrust
    type of:
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
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