dump

verb
\ ˈdəmp How to pronounce dump (audio) \
dumped; dumping; dumps

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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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

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

Two of the three defendants accused in the murder of a 17-year-old boy whose body was dumped in the middle of a Metairie street have pleaded guilty to the crime. Michelle Hunter, nola.com, "2 plead guilty in murder of teen found in middle of Metairie street," 11 June 2019 The girl’s body was dumped in a forest, her purple dress stained with blood. Kai Schultz, BostonGlobe.com, "Indian court convicts 6 Hindus in rape and murder of Muslim girl, 8," 10 June 2019 Last June, a boat full of trash was dumped near Oregon City. oregonlive.com, "Would you eat a fish caught in the Willamette River?," 7 June 2019 Dead calves were dumped in mass grave sites by employees, the video shows. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Fair Oaks Farms under investigation after undercover video exposes animal abuse," 7 June 2019 Approximately 11 million tons of textile waste are dumped into landfills around the world each year. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "5 Women-Owned Companies Revolutionizing the Zero-Waste Movement," 24 Apr. 2019 This little guy was dumped and attacked by other dogs resulting in severe injuries. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "What Colton Underwood's Instagram Reveals About His Post-Show Life," 12 Mar. 2019 Thousands of Ofo bikes are dumped in huge piles in Hangzhou, east China. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Time Is Running Out for Unprofitable Chinese Startups," 27 Dec. 2018 Workers in a dyeing factory in Shyampur, whose waste is dumped into the Buriganga river, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Kainaz Amaria, Vox, "2018, explained in pictures by women and non-binary photographers," 21 Dec. 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

Noun

1784, in the meaning defined at 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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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
informal : 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
informal : a messy, dirty, and unpleasant place

dump

verb
\ ˈdəmp How to pronounce dump (audio) \
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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