plunge
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plunge(
pluhnj
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to immerse)
a. sumergir
Jim plunged the wick into the hot wax to make a candle.Jim sumergió la mecha en la cera caliente para hacer una vela.
2. (to thrust)
a. meter
The child plunged his hand into the jar and pulled out two cookies.El niño metió la mano en el tarro y sacó dos galletas.
b. hundir (a sword or a knife)
The knight plunged his sword into the dragon's heart.El caballero hundió su espada en el corazón del dragón.
c. clavar (a sword or a knife)
The hunter plunged the knife into the animal's throat.El cazador clavó el cuchillo en la garganta del animal.
d. hincar (a fork)
My mouth watered as I plunged my fork into my juicy steak.Se me hacía la boca agua mientras le hincaba el tenedor al jugoso bistec.
3. (to descend)
a. sumir
The short circuit plunged the house into complete darkness.El cortocircuito sumió la casa en la más completa oscuridad.
4. (to commit enthusiastically)
a. entregarse de lleno
Gary plunged himself into his work after his divorce.Tras el divorcio, Gary se entregó de lleno a su trabajo.
b. meterse de lleno
I plunged myself into my book and completely forgot the world around me.Me metí de lleno en el libro y me olvidé por completo del mundo a mi alrededor.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to dive into; often used with "into")
a. zambullirse en
The kids plan to plunge into the river for a swim after class.Los muchachos tienen planeado ir a zambullirse en el río y nadar un rato después de clase.
b. tirarse a
The diver plunged into the sea from the cliff top.El clavadista se tiró al mar desde lo alto del acantilado.
c. sumergirse en
Justin plunged into the pool to cool off.Justin se sumergió en la piscina para refrescarse.
6. (to jump)
a. arrojarse
She plunged from the building top floor, leaving a brief note for her family.Se arrojó desde el último piso del edificio, dejando una breve nota para su familia.
7. (to fall)
a. caer
The driver fell asleep at the wheel and plunged to the bottom of the canyon.El conductor se quedó dormido al volante y cayó a lo profundo del cañón.
b. precipitarse
Andy grabbed the steering wheel and kept the bus from plunging over the cliff.Andy agarró el volante y evitó que el camión se precipitara por el acantilado.
c. desplomarse (plane)
The plane plunged from an altitude of 27,000 feet, and there were no survivors.El avión se desplomó desde una altura de 27,000 pies y no hubo supervivientes.
8.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to descend)
a. desplomarse
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
Home prices plunged as unemployment rose.Los precios de las casas se desplomaron a medida que aumentaba el desempleo.
b. sumirse
The minister expressed her concern that the country may plunge into chaos.La ministra expresó su preocupación por que el país pudiera sumirse en el caos.
9. (to pitch)
a. cabecear (ship)
The crew held tightly as the ship plunged through rough sea.La tripulación se sujetaba fuertemente mientras el buque cabeceaba en el mar encrespado.
b. corcovear (horse)
The horse plunged frantically through the throng.El caballo corcoveaba frenéticamente abriéndose paso a través de la multitud.
10. (to rush to)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He plunged forward in an attempt to stop her from falling into the void.Se precipitó hacia ella en un intento por impedir que cayera al vacío.
The paramedic plunged forward to assist a man who was having an epileptic fit.El paramédico corrió a socorrer a un señor que sufría un ataque epiléptico.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
11. (dive)
a. la zambullida
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(into water)
The image of Sophie's clean plunge into the pool stayed with me the whole summer.La imagen de la limpia zambullida de Sophie en la piscina me acompañó todo el verano.
b. el chapuzón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(into water)
Her hair was still wet from her plunge into the river.Todavía tenía el pelo mojado del chapuzón que se había dado en el río.
c. el salto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I'd never dare to take a plunge like that, from a bridge with only a bungee cord tied to my legs.Yo nunca me atrevería a dar un salto así, desde un puente y atado a una cuerda elástica.
12. (risk)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I'm going to take the plunge and order that new dish in the menu.Yo me voy a lanzar y voy a pedir ese plato nuevo del menú.
We should take the plunge and go freelance.Deberíamos arriesgarnos y hacernos autónomos.
13. (wedding)
a. el gran paso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Is it true what I've heard that Mary and John are taking the plunge? When is the wedding?¿Es cierto lo que he oído de que Mary y John van a dar el gran paso? ¿Cuándo es la boda?
14. (fall)
a. la caída
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The causes of the plane's plunge to the ground are still unknown.Todavía se desconocen las causas que provocaron la caída del avión al suelo.
15. (descend)
a. la caída
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Economists expect a plunge of the euro in the coming month.Los economistas esperan que se produzca una caída del euro en el mes entrante.
16. (clothing)
a. el escote muy pronunciado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The actress wore a plunge to the Oscars.En la entrega de los Oscars, la actriz llevaba un escote muy pronunciado.
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plunge
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (dive)
a. la zambullida
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
2. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
(decrease)
3. (fam fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to take the plungedar el paso (decisivo)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (general)
a. sumergir
to plunge a knife into somebody's backhundir a alguien un cuchillo en la espalda
to plunge somebody into despairsumir a alguien en la desesperación
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (into water)
a. zambullirse
6. (fig)
a. desplomarse (decrease)
she plunged to her deathmurió tras caer al vacío
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plunge [plʌndʒ]
noun
1 (dive) (from bank etc) salto (m); (under water) zambullida (f); (by professional diver) inmersión (f); (bathe) baño (m)
the diver rested after each plunge el buzo descansaba después de cada inmersión; he had a plunge before breakfast se fue a bañar antes de desayunar
2 [of currency etc] caída (f) repentina; desplome (m)
to take the plunge aventurarse; dar el paso decisivo; (get married) decidir casarse
I took the plunge and bought it me armé de valor y lo compré
3 (rash investment) inversión (f) arriesgada
transitive verb
1 (immerse) sumergir; hundir;into en
he plunged his hands into the water hundió las manos en el agua
2 (thrust) arrojar
he plunged his hand into his pocket metió la mano bien dentro del bolsillo; to plunge a dagger into sb's chest clavar un puñal en el pecho de algn
3
to plunge a room into darkness sumir un cuarto en la oscuridad; New York was suddenly plunged into darkness Nueva York se encontró de repente sumida en la oscuridad; we were plunged into gloom by the news la noticia nos hundió en la tristeza; to plunge sb into debt arruinar a algn
intransitive verb
1 (dive) arrojarse; tirarse; (into water) lanzarse; zambullirse
then the submarine plunged luego el submarino se sumergió; she plunged into ten metres of water se zambulló en diez metros de agua
2 (fall) caer; hundirse; [+road, cliff] precipitarse
he plunged to his death tuvo una caída mortal; he plunged from a fifth storey window (threw himself) se arrojó desde una ventana del quinto piso; (fell) cayó desde una ventana del quinto piso; the aircraft plunged into the sea off Dover el avión cayó al or se precipitó en el mar a la altura de Dover
3 [+ship] cabecear; [+horse] corcovear
4 [+share prices, currency etc] desplomarse
to plunge into debt sumirse en un mar de deudas
5 (rush) lanzarse; precipitarse
to plunge forward precipitarse hacia adelante; to plunge into one's work sumirse en el trabajo; to plunge heedlessly into danger meterse alegremente en un peligro; he plunged into a monologue on Plato se puso a soltar or emprendió un monólogo sobre Platón
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