I. verb (plunged; plunging) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French plunger, from Vulgar Latin *plumbicare, from Latin plumbum lead Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to cause to penetrate or enter quickly and forcibly into something <
plunged the dagger
2. to cause to enter a state or course of action usually suddenly, unexpectedly, or violently <
plunged the nation into economic depression
intransitive verb 1. to thrust or cast oneself into or as if into water 2. a. to become pitched or thrown headlong or violently forward and downward; also to move oneself in such a manner <
plunged off the embankment
b. to act with reckless haste ; enter suddenly or unexpectedly <
plunges into project after project
c. to bet or gamble heavily and recklessly 3. to descend or dip suddenly <
the stock's value plunged
II. noun Date: 15th century an act or instance of plunging ; dive; also swim

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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