A boy about to plunge into the ocean for a swim.
- The definition of a plunge is a place for swimming or an act of diving or jumping into an activity.
An example of a plunge is jumping right into learning how to scuba dive.
- Plunge is defined as to dive, thrust or go into something, usually with force or speed.
An example of to plunge is to jump into the ocean for a swim.
transitive verbplunged, plung′ing
Origin of plungeMiddle English plungen from Old French plongier from Vulgar Latin an unverified form plumbicare from Classical Latin plumbum, lead: see plumb
- to throw oneself, dive, or rush, as into water, a fight, etc.
- to move violently and rapidly downward or forward
- to pitch, as a ship
- to slope steeply, as a road
- to extend far down in a revealing way: a plunging neckline or back
- to fall off or decline precipitously
- Informal to spend, gamble, or speculate heavily or rashly
- a dive or downward leap
- a swim
- any steep and rapid descent
- a place for plunging, or swimming
- Informal a heavy, rash investment or speculation
take the plunge
verbplunged, plung·ing, plung·es
- a. To dive, jump, or throw oneself: We plunged into the lake.b. To fall rapidly: The car went off the road and plunged into the gully.
- To devote oneself to or undertake an activity earnestly or wholeheartedly: I plunged into my studies. She plunged ahead with her plan.
- To enter or move headlong through something: The hunting dogs plunged into the forest.
- To slope steeply downward: a cliff that plunges to the sea.
- To move forward and downward violently: The ship plunged through rough seas.
- To become suddenly lower; decrease dramatically: Stock prices plunged during the banking crisis.
- To thrust or throw forcefully into a substance or place: plunged the eggs into the hot water; plunged the fork into the potato.
- To cast suddenly, violently, or deeply into a given state or situation: “The street was plunged in cool shadow” ( Richard Wright )
- To use a plunger to try to unblock (a drain, for example).
- The act or an instance of plunging: a plunge off the dock.
- A swim; a dip.
- A sudden or dramatic decline: a plunge in prices.
Origin of plungeMiddle English plungen from Old French plongier from Vulgar Latin plumbicāre to heave a sounding lead from Latin plumbum lead
- the act of plunging or submerging
- a dive, leap, rush, or pitch into (into water)
- to take the water with a plunge
- plunge in the sea
- (figuratively) the act of pitching or throwing one's self headlong or violently forward, like an unruly horse
- (slang) heavy and reckless betting in horse racing; hazardous speculation
(third-person singular simple present plunges, present participle plunging, simple past and past participle plunged)
- To thrust into water, or into any substance that is penetrable; to immerse.
- to plunge the body into water
- (figuratively) To cast or throw into some thing, state, condition or action.
- to plunge a dagger into the breast; to plunge a nation into war
- (intransitive) To dive, leap or rush (into water or some liquid); to submerge one's self.
- he plunged into the river
- (figuratively, intransitive) To fall or rush headlong into some thing, action, state or condition.
- to plunge into debt; to plunge into controversy
- (intransitive) To pitch or throw one's self headlong or violently forward, as a horse does.
- (intransitive, slang) To bet heavily and with seeming recklessness on a race, or other contest; in an extended sense, to risk large sums in hazardous speculations.