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English noun: plunge

1. plunge (act) a brief swim in water


Broader (hypernym)swim, swimming

2. plunge (event) a steep and rapid fall

Broader (hypernym)drop, fall

English verb: plunge

1. plunge (contact) thrust or throw into

SamplesImmerse yourself in hot water.

ExamplesThey plunge the object in the water


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)penetrate, perforate

Narrower (hyponym)dip, dip, dip, douse, dunk, plunge, sheathe, soak, souse, submerge, submerse

2. plunge (motion) drop steeply

SamplesThe stock market plunged.

ExamplesThe stock market is going to plunge , The airplane is sure to plunge

Synonymsdive, plunk

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)come down, descend, fall, go down

Narrower (hyponym)chute, crash-dive, duck, jump, nosedive, parachute, power-dive

Verb groupdump, plunge

3. plunge (motion) dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity

SamplesShe plunged at it eagerly.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)dart, dash, flash, scoot, scud, shoot

Verb grouplaunch, plunge

4. plunge (change) begin with vigor

SamplesHe launched into a long diatribe.
She plunged into a dangerous adventure.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)begin, commence, get, get down, set about, set out, start, start out

Verb groupplunge

5. plunge (cognition) cause to be immersed

SamplesThe professor plunged his students into the study of the Italian text.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Causeabsorb, engross, engulf, immerse, plunge, soak up, steep

Verb groupabsorb, engross, engulf, immerse, plunge, soak up, steep

6. plunge (motion) fall abruptly

SamplesIt plunged to the bottom of the well.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)drop

Verb groupdive, plunge, plunk

7. plunge (contact) immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate

SamplesDip the garment into the cleaning solution.
Dip the brush into the paint.

Synonymsdip, douse, dunk, souse

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)immerse, plunge

Narrower (hyponym)dabble, dip, douse, duck, sop

8. plunge (cognition) devote (oneself) fully to

SamplesHe immersed himself into his studies.

Synonymsabsorb, engross, engulf, immerse, soak up, steep

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)center, centre, concentrate, focus, pore, rivet

Narrower (hyponym)drink, drink in

Verb groupimmerse, plunge

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