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1 [no object] jump or dive quickly and energetically:our daughters whooped as they plunged into the sea fall suddenly and uncontrollably:a car swerved to avoid a bus and plunged into a ravine embark impetuously on a speech or course of action:overconfident researchers who plunge ahead suffer a rapid decrease in value:their fourth-quarter operating profit plunged 25% (of a ship) pitch:the ship plunged through the 20-foot seas 2 [with object] push or thrust quickly:he plunged his hands into his pockets put (something) in liquid so as to immerse it completely:cover the cucumbers with boiling water and then plunge them into iced water
(often be plunged into
) suddenly bring into a specified condition or state:for a moment the scene was illuminated, then it was plunged back into darkness
sink (a plant or a pot containing a plant) in the ground.
an act of jumping or diving into water:we went straight from the sauna to take a cold plunge a swift and drastic fall in value or amount:the bank declared a 76% plunge in its profits