\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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Synonyms for dump

Synonyms: Verb

blow off, break off (with), ditch, jilt, kiss off, leave

Synonyms: Noun

landfill, sanitary landfill, tip [chiefly British]

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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

In the history of the Super Bowl, no coach has been fired after the Gatorade’s been dumped on him. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "As Nancy Pelosi prepares to make her speakership official, her opponents want to know her exit strategy," 29 Nov. 2018 Juan Carlos Hernandez-Caseres, 37, was arrested Saturday morning in connection with the death of Ann Farran, 41, whose body was dumped on the side of a Miami road Wednesday. Martin Vassolo, miamiherald, "Police: Miami man got 'enraged' during sex, killed escort and dumped body," 16 June 2018 In the wake of Hurricane Harvey's torrential rains, which dumped several feet of water on sections of Houston, Texas, last August, scientists showed that warmer sea and air temperatures pumped more moisture into the storm—which then fell as rain. National Geographic, "Hurricanes Are Moving Slower—And That's a Huge Problem," 6 June 2018 He and Orr learned early that the traditional practice of dumping freshly boiled crawfish on a table before the guests and letting them all dig in didn’t lend itself well to the Maple Tree Inn layout, so the food is set up buffet style. Paige Fumo Fox, Daily Southtown, "Get ready to 'grip, twist, peel and slurp' during Maple Tree Inn's 18th annual Crawfish Fest," 17 May 2018 During that period, police say she was raped repeatedly by several different men, before being murdered and dumped in a nearby forest on January 17. Steve George, CNN, "India court moves trial location in gang rape, murder of 8-year-old," 7 May 2018 Paint dumped on 22 police cars in NE Portland pic.twitter.com/UdJ4nzZVhB — KOIN News (@KOINNews) May 1, 2018 Most of the cars are assigned to the youth services division and are being cleaned, Burley said. Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, OregonLive.com, "Vandals dump gobs of gooey white paint on 20 Portland police cruisers," 1 May 2018 One of the major contentions of Snowden's critics in the national security world is that his leak and the earlier WikiLeaks documents dump facilitated by Chelsea Manning have inspired the host of leaks that followed. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "The Snowden Legacy, part one: What’s changed, really?," 21 Nov. 2018 But last summer, Little’s DNA also connected him to the unsolved 1994 slaying of an Odessa, Texas, woman named Denise Christie Brothers — another woman strangled and dumped. Kyle Swenson, The Seattle Times, "Elderly prisoner claims he’s America’s deadliest serial killer with 90 victims. Police believe him.," 20 Nov. 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


1784, in the meaning defined at 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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