plunge

Plunge is a noun and a verb related to diving, falling, and sinking. A "polar bear plunge" is when people plunge into freezing cold water for charity or, inexplicably, for fun.

As a noun, plunge means “a brief swim” or “a fall.” As a verb, plunge has a variety of definitions. Plunge can mean “to devote yourself fully," as you might plunge into a job by working day and night. Similarly, if you plunge into a good book, you don't let anything distract you from your reading. Plunge can also mean “fall abruptly.” Someone’s reputation might plunge after a scandal, or the stock market might plunge when investors react to bad news.

Primary Meanings of plunge

1.
vn
dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity
a brief swim in water
2.
vn
drop steeply
a steep and rapid fall
Full Definitions of plunge
1

v dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity

“She plunged at it eagerly”
Synonyms:
launch
begin with vigor
Type of:
dart, dash, flash, scoot, scud, shoot
run or move very quickly or hastily

v begin with vigor

“She plunged into a dangerous adventure”
Synonyms:
launch
Type of:
begin, commence, get, get down, set about, set out, start, start out
take the first step or steps in carrying out an action

v thrust or throw into

Synonyms:
immerse
Types:
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dip, douse, dunk, souse
immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate
dip
plunge (one's hand or a receptacle) into a container
dip
immerse in a disinfectant solution
submerge, submerse
put under water
soak
submerge in a liquid
sheathe
plunge or bury (a knife or sword) in flesh
sop
dip into liquid
dip, douse, duck
dip into a liquid
dabble
dip a foot or hand briefly into a liquid
Type of:
penetrate, perforate
pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance

v cause to be immersed

“The professor plunged his students into the study of the Italian text”
Synonyms:
immerse
absorb, engross, engulf, immerse, soak up, steep
devote (oneself) fully to

v immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate

Synonyms:
dip, douse, dunk, souse
Types:
sop
dip into liquid
dip, douse, duck
dip into a liquid
dabble
dip a foot or hand briefly into a liquid
Type of:
immerse
thrust or throw into

v devote (oneself) fully to

Synonyms:
absorb, engross, engulf, immerse, soak up, steep
immerse
cause to be immersed
Types:
drink, drink in
be fascinated or spell-bound by; pay close attention to
Type of:
center, centre, concentrate, focus, pore, rivet
direct one's attention on something

n a brief swim in water

Synonyms:
dip
Type of:
swim, swimming
the act of swimming
2

v drop steeply

“the stock market plunged
Synonyms:
dive, plunk
dump
fall abruptly
Types:
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power-dive
make a power dive
nosedive
plunge nose first; drop with the nose or front first, of aircraft
duck
submerge or plunge suddenly
crash-dive
descend steeply and rapidly
chute, jump, parachute
jump from an airplane and descend with a parachute
sky dive, skydive
jump from an airplane and perform various maneuvers before opening one's parachute
Type of:
come down, descend, fall, go down
move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

v fall abruptly

“It plunged to the bottom of the well”
Synonyms:
dump
dive, plunk
drop steeply
Type of:
drop
to fall vertically

n a steep and rapid fall

Type of:
drop, fall
a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity

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