Confirming her pregnancy at the September 6 MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West's ex, 28, showed off her bump for the first time on the red carpet.—Allison Corneau
: an increase in amount
a slight bump in wages/prices
… since "Glee" burst on the scene last fall, some local show choirs have seen a bump in auditions …—Kristin Tillotson
slang: a small quantity of an illicit drug when inhaled in powdered form at one time
At her first few shows Savannah did bumps of coke off her pinkie before hitting the stage.—Peter Wilkinson
volleyball: the act or an instance of bumping (see bumpentry 2 sense 4) the ball with the forearms
Loara High volleyball player Juli Miles demonstrates how to execute a bump during a match … . As the ball approaches, bring in your elbows and lock them so that your forearms are close to touching, which creates a nice, flat platform for the ball to bounce off.—Laura Czingula
He wound up with a few minor bumps and bruises from the fight.
Did you feel a bump? Verb
I have a bruise from where I bumped my head.
Be careful not to bump the vase.
You nearly bumped me off the edge!
The jolt bumped him right out of his seat.
They bumped into us from behind.
The boat bumped against the pier.
The TV show will be bumped to a new time.
Increasing fuel costs are bumping the company's prices higher.
The loss bumped us out of first place. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Huang, who held a 26.5% stake in PDD as of the end of 2022, simultaneously enjoyed a significant bump in his fortune Tuesday.—Derek Saul, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 The new setup also uses two-valve dampers, one for bump and the other for rebound, mechanically independent of each other.—Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 24 Nov. 2023 Ciara and Russell Wilson's Relationship Timeline Since then, the music star has been sharing frequent updates about her pregnancy — including plenty of stylish bump shots.—Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 18 Nov. 2023 Light turbulence is the most common, and in a commercial aircraft, it's only felt as slight bumps or wobbles.—Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 17 Nov. 2023 Is high inflation driving the wealth management bonus bump?—Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2023 People with dark skin might also notice rough, small bumps on the face.5
What Causes Eczema on the Face?—Anthea Levi, Health, 14 Nov. 2023 Members will see another three-and-a-half percent pay bump in July 2025.—Wes Davis, The Verge, 11 Nov. 2023 Like its predecessor, the C-8 is designed for high-speed cruising sans emissions, bumps or noise.—Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 16 Nov. 2023
Some random person on the street can’t just bump into you for a few seconds, and then walk away with your phone number.—Reece Rogers, WIRED, 27 Nov. 2023 All of the pieces are made from soft fabric, so there’s no need to worry about your little one bumping their head.—Tanya Edwards, Parents, 25 Nov. 2023 Libra: Harmony-loving Libras could easily bump heads with the direct and sometimes stern nature of the Capricorn, warns Kelly.—Nicole Briese, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 The origin story of the album begins with André bumping into experimental jazz great Carlos Niño at the hip L.A. grocery store Erewhon, followed by the rapper showing up at Niño’s place with is flute and jamming in the basement.—Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 14 Nov. 2023 The five-time Pro Bowler was asked about a potential rift forming between the Chargers’ offensive and defensive players as this uneven season continues to bump along.—Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2023 The Academy bumped both of these up to the general field, where everyone — musicians, songwriters, even liner-notes writers — can vote on them.—Vulture, 7 Nov. 2023 Her Loss then bumped Midnights out of the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 album charts upon its release.—Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 17 Nov. 2023 Meanwhile, top Labor Department officials have been involved in recent union negotiations, including at Kaiser Permanente, where 85,000 health-care workers last week ratified a four-year contract that bumps the minimum wage to at least $23 and gives existing workers a 21 percent raise.—Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2023 See More
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