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verb \ˈdəmp\

Simple Definition of dump

  • : to put (something) somewhere in a quick and careless way

  • : to leave or get rid of (something or someone) quickly or without concern

  • : to end a romantic relationship with (someone)

Full Definition of dump

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to let fall in or as if in a heap or mass <dumped his clothes on the bed> b :  to get rid of unceremoniously or irresponsibly <got dumped by his girlfriend> c :  jettison <an airplane dumping gasoline>

  3. 2 slang :  to knock down :  beat <the man rushed out and dumped him — John Corry>

  4. 3 :  to sell in quantity at a very low price; specifically :  to sell abroad at less than the market price at home

  5. 4 :  to copy (data in a computer's internal storage) to an external storage or output device

  6. 5 a :  to hit or throw short and softly <dump a pass to a running back> <dump a bunt down the line> b :  to hit (a puck) deep into the opponent's zone in ice hockey

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to fall abruptly :  plunge

  9. 2 :  to dump refuse

dump on
  1. :  to treat disrespectfully; especially :  belittle, bad-mouth

Examples of dump

  1. You can dump the coats on the bed.

  2. I dumped the coffee down the drain.

  3. The murderer dumped the body in the river.

Origin of dump

perhaps from Middle Dutch dompen to immerse, topple; akin to Old Norse dumpa to thump, fall suddenly

First Known Use: 1784




Simple Definition of dump

  • : a place where waste (such as trash) is taken and left

  • : a place where military supplies are stored

  • : a messy, dirty, and unpleasant place

Full Definition of dump

  1. 1 a :  an accumulation of refuse and discarded materials b :  a place where such materials are dumped

  2. 2 a :  a quantity of reserve materials accumulated at one place b :  a place where such materials are stored <ammunition dump>

  3. 3 :  a disorderly, slovenly, or objectionable place

  4. 4 :  an instance of dumping data stored in a computer

  5. 5 often vulgar :  an act of defecation —usually used with take

Examples of dump

  1. We bring our trash to the town dump on Saturdays.

  2. <all of the used packaging eventually ends up in the dump>


First Known Use of dump


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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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