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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyplunge into
he/she/itplunges into
present participleplunging into
past tenseplunged into
past participleplunged into
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  1. 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. 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. 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.
    1. a.
      plunge into something to suddenly get into a particular state or situation
      The country is plunging into recession once more.
  4. 4
    plunge into something to jump or dive into water
    Four police officers plunged into freezing water to rescue a man yesterday.
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