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plungeverb

uk   /plʌndʒ/  us   /plʌndʒ/
  • plunge verb (FALL)

C2 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to (​cause someone or something to) ​move or ​fallsuddenly and often a ​long way ​forward, down, or into something: We ​ran down to the ​beach and plunged into the ​sea. The ​car went out of ​control and plunged over the ​cliff. Cook the ​peas by plunging them intoboilingwater. Niagara Falls plunges 55.5 ​metres.

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plungenoun [C]

uk   /plʌndʒ/  us   /plʌndʒ/
  • plunge noun [C] (MOVEMENT)

a ​suddenmovement or ​fallforward, down, or into something: I really ​enjoyed my plunge (= ​jumping in and ​swimming) in the ​pool.
(Definition of plunge from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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plungeverb [I/T]

 us   /plʌndʒ/
to move or ​fallsuddenlyforward, down, or into something: [I] Her ​car plunged off the ​cliff. [I] He plunged into the ​crowd, smiling and ​shakinghands. [T always + adv/prep] She ​suddenly plunged the ​knife into the ​cake.
If a ​value or ​price plunges, it ​suddenlybecomes less: [I] Rumors on ​WallStreet have caused ​stockprices to plunge.
If a ​person or ​group plunges into an ​activity, or a ​place plunges into a ​condition, it ​suddenlyexperiences it: [I always + adv/prep] The ​economy was in ​danger of plunging into a ​depression. [T always + adv/prep] The ​stormcutpowerlines, plunging the ​town into ​darkness.

plungenoun [C]

 us   /plʌndʒ/
a ​suddenfallforward, down, or into something: A ​treebroke his plunge ​downhill. The ​rapid plunge of the ​stockmarket caused ​panic among ​investors.
(Definition of plunge from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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plungeverb [I or T]

uk   us   /plʌndʒ/
to go down in ​amount or ​value very quickly and suddenly: markets/sales plunge Car ​sales plunged in France in June.plunge to sth Share ​prices plunged $16.74, or 44%, to $20.51 a ​share.plunge by sth The Dow was 40 ​pointsahead, having plunged by 60 ​points shortly after the ​openingbell.plunge from sth Visitor ​numbers plunged from 25million in 2010 to 22.8million - but they are now ​recovering.

plungenoun [C]

uk   us   /plʌndʒ/
a sudden and large ​reduction in ​value or ​amount: We are expecting a plunge in ​profits this ​year. Profits are being affected by the plunge in the ​dollar against the ​euro.a plunge in prices/sales The plunge in ​oilprices has ​drivenfuelbills 12% ​lower.
take the plunge
to make a decision to do something, especially after ​thinking about it for a ​longtime: Consumers who want to ​buy a ​home ought to take the plunge, rather than waiting for ​evenlowermortgagerates.
(Definition of plunge from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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