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Definition of rocket verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    rocket

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈrɒkɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɑːkɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rocket
    BrE BrE//ˈrɒkɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɑːkɪt//
     
    he / she / it rockets
    BrE BrE//ˈrɒkɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɑːkɪts//
     
    past simple rocketed
    BrE BrE//ˈrɒkɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɑːkɪtɪd//
     
    past participle rocketed
    BrE BrE//ˈrɒkɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɑːkɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form rocketing
    BrE BrE//ˈrɒkɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɑːkɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to increase very quickly and suddenly synonym shoot up rocketing prices Unemployment has rocketed up again. The total has rocketed from 376 to 532. Sales have rocketed by 213 percent. They were forced to move out because of the rocketing crime rate.
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move very fast The car rocketed out of a side street.
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] to achieve or to make somebody/something achieve a successful position very quickly rocket (somebody/something) to something The band rocketed to stardom with their first single.
  4. 4[transitive] rocket something to attack a place with rockets
  5. Word Originverb early 17th cent.: from French roquette, from Italian rocchetto, diminutive of rocca ‘distaff (for spinning)’, with reference to its cylindrical shape.
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