plunge


plunge
plunge1 [ plʌndʒ ] verb **
1. ) intransitive to fall quickly from a high position:
It was still dark when the helicopter plunged 500 feet into the sea.
His car had plunged off the mountain road in heavy rain.
a ) transitive to make someone or something fall quickly from a high position:
The wind suddenly shifted and they were both plunged off the cliff.
b ) intransitive to slope downward suddenly:
Stone steps plunged down to the basement.
c ) to suddenly put someone or something in a much less successful situation, or to be suddenly put in such a situation:
A string of recent defeats has plunged the team dangerously near the bottom of the table.
2. ) intransitive if an amount or level plunges, it suddenly becomes much lower:
The temperature is expected to plunge below zero tonight.
3. ) transitive AMERICAN to push a PLUNGER into a toilet, SINK, or BATHTUB in order to stop a pipe from being blocked
4. ) intransitive or transitive to move quickly in an uncontrolled way, or to make someone or something move in this way:
He plunged toward the door and wrenched it open.
a ) intransitive if a ship plunges, it moves up and down on water in an uncontrolled way
,plunge `in phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive to suddenly start doing something with energy and enthusiasm, but sometimes without thinking about it first:
Your help will not always be appreciated at first, but plunge in anyway.
2. ) transitive to quickly push something a long way into something else:
Luke plunged the needle in deep.
3. ) intransitive to quickly jump or DIVE into water
,plunge `into phrasal verb transitive
1. ) plunge into something to suddenly start doing something with energy and enthusiasm, but sometimes without thinking about it first:
This was not the time to be plunging into some new business venture.
2. ) plunge something into something to quickly push something a long way into something else:
He plunged his arm into the sack once more.
Plunge the sliced onions into boiling water.
3. ) plunge someone/something into something to suddenly put someone or something in a particular state or situation:
The city was plunged into total darkness when the entire electrical system failed.
a ) plunge into something to suddenly get into a particular state or situation:
The country is plunging into recession once more.
4. ) plunge into something to jump or DIVE into water:
Four police officers plunged into freezing water to rescue a man yesterday.
plunge
plunge 2 [ plʌndʒ ] noun count
1. ) a quick fall from a high position:
The network broadcast footage of the plane's plunge into the ocean.
a ) a jump or DIVE into water
2. ) a sudden reduction in the amount or level of something:
plunge in: the plunge in oil prices
take the plunge
to finally do something important, difficult, or dangerous after thinking about it

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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