\ ˈdəmp \

Definition of dump 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

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

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

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

5a : 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

intransitive verb

1 : to fall abruptly : plunge

2 : to dump refuse

dump on

: to treat disrespectfully especially : belittle, bad-mouth



Definition of dump (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an accumulation of refuse and discarded materials

b : a place where such materials are dumped

2a : a quantity of reserve materials accumulated at one place

b : a place where such materials are stored ammunition dump

3 : a disorderly, slovenly, or objectionable place

4 : an instance of dumping data stored in a computer

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

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Examples of dump in a Sentence


You can dump the coats on the bed. I dumped the coffee down the drain. The murderer dumped the body in the river.


We bring our trash to the town dump on Saturdays. all of the used packaging eventually ends up in the dump
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The county estimates that recycling a ton of material now costs twice as much as dumping it in a landfill. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte's recycling 'is broken.' Could your plastic, paper be headed for a landfill?," 2 July 2018 Court documents said the Cochrans lured Regan to their home, shot him, dismembered his body and dumped it in the woods. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "What we know about convicted Indiana killer and possible cannibal Kelly Cochran," 21 June 2018 Castro forced the driver to pull off the freeway, along Champagne Boulevard, where Herrera’s body was dumped. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Las Vegas man gets 21 years in prison for killing woman, dumping body near Escondido," 15 June 2018 After dumping her for a TV show, Taka thinks it’s poor taste for Yuudai to then pop back into her life just because he was turned down. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "This Episode of Terrace House Is Brimming With Exes," 6 June 2018 It’s much easier to dump coal and build up renewables to hit that number. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Want to halt global warming and raise living standards? Get efficient," 5 June 2018 Just to recap: Becca's heart was broken by Scottsdale Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr., who picked Becca to be his fiancee, then later publicly dumped her for runner-up Lauren Burnham. Becca Smouse, azcentral, "Scottsdale resort to host casting call for 'The Bachelor' season 23," 29 May 2018 On Sunday, evidence of Venezuela’s economic crisis could be seen on every corner where trash bags had been dumped. Andrew Rosati, Bloomberg.com, "Venezuelans Vote in Election Overshadowed by Crisis," 20 May 2018 CBS Los Angeles reports a diabetic man who uses a wheelchair claims the center dumped him on Skid Row. CBS News, "California nursing home accused of dumping patient at homeless shelter," 10 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Just four years later, Howard found himself being traded away in a salary dump. Tim Bontemps, chicagotribune.com, "Not long ago Dwight Howard was a face of the NBA. Now he's a salary dump.," 21 June 2017 New York City is gradually transforming its largest trash dump, Fresh Kills on Staten Island, into a vast expanse of parkland and restored natural areas. Andres Viglucci, miamiherald, "Say bye to Virginia Key’s toxic old landfill, and hi to Miami’s biggest park," 15 June 2017 A colleague got him to shore, and flagged down a dump truck, which took Stewart to a hospital. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Jim Stewart, Scripps waterman who opened the sea to scuba diving scientists, dies at 89," 8 June 2017 The driver of the dump truck, which was registered to Harry Brown Trucking Inc., of Hebron, was not injured in the crash. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "3 killed in head-on crash with dump truck," 7 June 2017 The chemicals apparently had leached into the water from waste dumps, where the company disposed of the chemicals, ending in the 1970s. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "Water-drinking public worried — or not — about 3M pollution in Washington County," 6 June 2017 The latter came after Sandburg setter Connor Kelly put the Eagles on top with a dump and a block on consecutive plays. Logan Malloy, Daily Southtown, "Joe Kenzinger dominates at net as Brother Rice advances to state," 30 May 2017 Three possessions later, Tapan put the public team up, 24-21, on a timely dump. Andrew J. Campa, Burbank Leader, "Public school pulls away late from private boys’ volleyball squad," 4 June 2017 A man paving a private driveway in Whiteford suffered life-threatening injuries when he was struck by a dump truck Tuesday afternoon, according to Harford County fire and EMS officials. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Man struck by dump truck in Whiteford Tuesday, suffers life-threatening injuries," 30 May 2017

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First Known Use of dump


1784, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for dump


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

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English Language Learners Definition of dump

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)



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

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

: a place where military supplies are stored

: a messy, dirty, and unpleasant place


\ ˈdəmp \
dumped; dumping

Kids Definition of dump

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to let fall in a heap He dumped his clothes on the bed.

2 : to get rid of You can't just dump trash anywhere.



Kids Definition of dump (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a place for getting rid of trash

2 : a place for storage of military materials or the materials stored an ammunition dump

3 : a messy or shabby place We lived in a dump back then.

Legal Definition of dump 

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

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alleviating pain or harshness

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