dump

verb
\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

dump

noun

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

Verb

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

Noun

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

So city leaders in Pueblo are trying to exit their 20-year contract with the company early, using a clause in the agreement with Black Hills that gives the city an opportunity to dump the utility 10 years after signing, in this case in 2020. Justin Worland/pueblo, Time, "How One Industrial City Is Fighting to Go Green," 12 July 2018 And the Rangers aren’t just going to trade him to dump his salary. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "How Hamels’ start on Friday could impact chances of a trade from Rangers," 12 July 2018 Trump administration to dump Obama-era rule allowing unions to siphon Medicaid money. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Anti-Trump FBI lovebird defies subpoena; Trump slams 'inappropriate' Russia deal at NATO summit," 11 July 2018 Officials from the agency closed the Wilson reservoir and campground Tuesday because of fire activity in the area and aircraft that were scooping water from the reservoir to dump on the flames. Scott Sonner, The Seattle Times, "Crews gaining on huge Nevada wildfire visible from space," 10 July 2018 People told Byrd, a Weekly Standard reporter, to dump this scofflaw for his crimes against candy. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Twitter told her to dump boyfriend over how he eats Kit Kats. Then he sweetly proposed," 10 July 2018 Through Tuesday, Beryl is forecast to dump two to three inches of rain on the Leeward Islands, which separate the northeastern Caribbean Sea from the western Atlantic Ocean and include Guadeloupe and Dominica. Brett Clarkson, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Beryl's remnants to bring heavy rain to Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands," 8 July 2018 Among them: Other inmates smearing feces in common areas and flooding their cells, requiring cleanup crews to dump hazardous waste down the drain of the only shower available to him. Diana Dombrowski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ex-cop sues Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office alleging inhumane conditions in jail," 7 July 2018 In addition to moving slower, future hurricanes are expected to dump a lot more rain. David Fleshler, latimes.com, "The world has never seen a Category 6 hurricane. But the day may be coming," 7 July 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

Verb

1784, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for dump

Verb

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

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The first known use of dump was in 1784

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dump

verb

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)

dump

noun

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

dump

verb
\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.

dump

noun

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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