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 plummet (noun, verb) /ˈplʌmɪt/ LISTEN

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Plummet is a verb that means “to fall straight down” or “to become much less.” The verb can be used literally or figuratively.

Example sentences

  • The company's sales have plummeted this year.
  • A strange object plummeted to the earth from the night sky.
  • The number of full-time jobs has plummeted since the economy crashed.
  • Oil prices have plummeted since they found those new reserves.

In pop culture

Listen to “Isle of Flightless Birds” by American band Twenty One Pilots. Listen out for the lyric “Plummet as I sing.”

Additional information

As a noun, a plummet is a tool used to see if something is completely vertical or to measure depth. This tool is also referred to as a “plumb,” “plumb bob,” or “plumb line” and consists of a weight attached to a line or string. If you want to see how deep a body of water is, you might use a plummet to test this.

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Did you know?

Plummet is a strong-sounding word that is often used in news headlines, especially for articles about stocks or statistics. For example, some  headlines using this word are “European Stocks Fall as Chinese Imports Plummet” (TheStreet) and “US Goods Exports Plummet as Dollar Rises, Commodity Prices Fall” (The Wall Street Journal).

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