dump·​ing | \ ˈdəm-piŋ How to pronounce dumping (audio) \

Definition of dumping

1 : the act of one that dumps especially : the selling of goods in quantity at below market price
2 : the practice of refusing emergency medical care to poor or uninsured patients or of referring them to another hospital without that hospital's consent

called also patient dumping

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Examples of dumping in a Sentence

laws that prohibit the dumping of toxic materials the dumping of last year's fashions by the garment manufacturers

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Many western fishing guides are catching their walleye east of Kelleys Island and around the Cedar Point dumping ground. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "Lake Erie walleye fishing still rockin’ from Toledo to Conneaut: June 28 Fishing Report," 28 June 2019 Since its inception, social media has served as a dumping ground for even the most fleeting of feelings. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "The Kardashian-Jenners’ social media accounts, once an asset to their show, have finally eclipsed it," 24 June 2019 Tariffs can be used to help domestic industries, like steel, recover from dumping and other forms of unfair trade. WSJ, "Mr. Navarro Must Consider The Rise in Dollar’s Value," 31 May 2019 Aircraft have been making flight after flight, dumping water and bright pink retardant to protect Lake Elsinore and other foothill communities as the fire sweeps through the dense, bone-dry brush of the Cleveland National Forest. Marcio Sanchez And Amanda Lee Myers, Fox News, "Crews battle growing wildfire near homes in California," 11 Aug. 2018 There is also Kangaroo Falls; which features slides, water cannons, rope bridges, water hoses and a dumping bucket; and for youngsters, Koala Kove, with four slides and zero-depth entry. Annie Alleman, chicagotribune.com, "Your guide to Chicago-area water parks," 10 May 2018 Alabama was on the path to becoming the dumping ground of the nation, particularly for states on the east coast where available land is at a premium. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al.com, "Alabama hits recycling milestone, keeping quarter of all trash from landfills," 16 June 2019 The volume of sediment dredged to maintain shipping depths and clear out the build-up behind dams has the corps in constant search for new dumping grounds. Tristan Baurick, nola.com, "Dredging, dams and other river controls starve places downriver of much-needed sediment," 15 June 2019 Kate O’Neill of the University of California, Berkeley, reckons these bans are motivated not only by environmental concerns but also by pride: Asia does not want to be the world’s dumping ground. The Economist, "South-East Asian countries are banning imports of waste for recycling," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of dumping

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jul 2019

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The first known use of dumping was in 1857

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English Language Learners Definition of dumping

: the act of getting rid of waste or garbage especially in an illegal way

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