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dump

verb \ ˈdəmp \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of dump

transitive verb
1 a : 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
5 a : 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

Examples of dump in a Sentence

  1. You can dump the coats on the bed.

  2. I dumped the coffee down the drain.

  3. The murderer dumped the body in the river.

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Origin and Etymology of dump

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

dump Synonyms

Synonyms
blow off, break off (with), ditch, jilt, kiss off, leave
Related Words
brush (aside or off), cold-shoulder, cut, high-hat, slight, snub; abandon, desert, forsake, maroon, quit
Near Antonyms
hook up (with), take; befriend, latch (on or onto)

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dump

noun

Definition of dump

1 a : an accumulation of refuse and discarded materials
b : a place where such materials are dumped
2 a : 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

Examples of dump in a Sentence

  1. We bring our trash to the town dump on Saturdays.

  2. all of the used packaging eventually ends up in the dump

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dump Synonyms



DUMP Defined for English Language Learners

dump

verb

Definition of dump for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of dump for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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dump

verb \ ˈdəmp \

Definition of dump for Students

dumped; dumping
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.

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dump

noun

Definition of dump for Students

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.

Law Dictionary

dump

transitive verb

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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