bunch

noun
\ ˈbənch How to pronounce bunch (audio) \

Definition of bunch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2a : a number of things of the same kind a bunch of grapes
b : group sense 2a a bunch of friends
c : a considerable amount : lot a bunch of money

bunch

verb
bunched; bunching; bunches

Definition of bunch (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

2 : to form a group or cluster often used with up

transitive verb

: to form into a bunch

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Other Words from bunch

Noun

bunchily \ ˈbən-​chə-​lē How to pronounce bunchily (audio) \ adverb
bunchy \ ˈbən-​chē How to pronounce bunchy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of bunch in a Sentence

Noun

He always had a bunch of keys on his belt. Dried herbs hung in bunches from the kitchen rafters.

Verb

The child's tights bunched at the ankles. the dress bunches a bit at the waist
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There’s not a bad choice in the bunch and many more, too, that didn’t make the cut. Lindsey Bahr, The Seattle Times, "AP Oscar predictions: What will win, what should win," 20 Feb. 2019 But traditionalists might favor it in Silver (a glowy gray) or Charcoal (the darkest of the bunch, nearly black). Amanda Sims, House Beautiful, "This Snakeskin Carpet is Our New Favorite Neutral," 16 Feb. 2019 The demand for Dahabiyah Nile Cruises is especially soaring, and the best of the bunch are by far the four Dahabiyas operated by Nour el Nil: Meroe, Malauka, El Nil, and Assouan. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 Amazon dabbles in a bunch of different industries, but not all of its ventures have proven to be successful. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Amazon quietly ends its restaurant delivery service in the UK," 26 Nov. 2018 Price increases come in bunches, said Brett Sappington, a pay TV expert who follows traditional and Internet providers for the research outfit Parks Associates. Jennifer Van Grove, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Price hikes for cord-cutters. What gives?," 7 July 2018 Franklin Combined: Franklin, Muskego, Oak Creek, Whitnall (5,991) The big winners in that bunch in recent years are Franklin and Kenosha, which was the state runner-up in 2016 and ’17. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Defending state champion Franklin Combined is one gymnastics program that will be affected by the WIAA's new rule on co-op teams," 21 June 2018 Red River is about a bunch of guys who go off on a camping trip together, with cows as company. John Banville, WSJ, "‘Sleeping With Strangers’ Review: Flickers of Desire," 22 Feb. 2019 Divide 1 large bunch watercress, 1 Granny Smith apple (thinly sliced), 1 large kiwi (peeled and sliced), and 1 avocado (sliced) among plates. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Watercress Salad with Honey-Lime Vinaigrette," 9 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

These popular accounts enable donors to bunch smaller gifts into one large amount and take a deduction in the year of the gift. WSJ, "WSJ Tax Guide 2019: Charitable-Donation Deduction," 15 Feb. 2019 That hype will apply to the two Cubs-Brewers series in September if the NL Central standings stay so bunched up — but not now. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "I-94 rivalry series is much bigger to first-place Brewers than red-hot Cubs," 11 June 2018 Getty ImagesDaniel Zuchnik Hilariously, Rodriguez also gave us a sneak peek of how J.Lo got that enormous train to the venue: bunched up like an enormous, pink loofah. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Alex Rodriguez Was the Sweetest Boyfriend at J.Lo's Movie Premiere," 13 Dec. 2018 Full-length styles tend to bunch up below or at the ankle, which is uncomfortable, can interfere with my workouts, and accentuates my shorter-than-average legs. Talia Abbas, SELF, "I’m 5'1" and These Are 12 of My Favorite Cropped and Capri Leggings," 17 Nov. 2018 One way around the new higher hurdles for deducting donations is to bunch them, combining several years’ gifts into one larger amount every few years. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "Everything You Need to Know About the New Tax Law—Before the End of the Year," 2 Nov. 2018 The league has been bunched up this year, with the top nine teams between 5.5 games of each other. Cincinnati.com, "Freedom players head to all-star game," 10 July 2018 Now all four teams are bunched up together, a mere four games separating the first from the fourth, and Los Angeles is coming on hard. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "MLB playoff outlook: Astros, Red Sox are locks, but for 10 teams, it's wait 'til next year," 29 May 2018 The length is nearly a foot shorter than the XC60, but the roof height is nearly the same—thus the XC40’s stubby, studly stance, bunched with compression. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Volvo XC40: Routine Ride, Premium Price," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of bunch

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for bunch

Noun

Middle English bunche

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bunchberry

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bunch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bunch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a group of things of the same kind that are held or tied together or that grow together
somewhat informal : a group of people or things that are together or are associated with each other in some way
chiefly US, somewhat informal : a large amount

bunch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bunch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put (things or people) together in a group or bunch
: to form a group
of clothing : to form a group of tight folds on or around part of your body

bunch

noun
\ ˈbənch How to pronounce bunch (audio) \

Kids Definition of bunch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a number of things of the same kind growing together a bunch of grapes
2 : group entry 1 sense 1 a bunch of children

bunch

verb
bunched; bunching

Kids Definition of bunch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to gather in a bunch The kids bunched together in the playground.

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