dump·​ing | \ˈdəm-piŋ \

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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The highest risk would be well water that has not been tested, especially if there's industrial dumping or hydraulic fracturing (fracking) going on near your home. Rachael Moeller Gorman, Good Housekeeping, "Is Your Tap Water Safe?," 15 Aug. 2012 Diamond saw blades imported from China are subject to 82% tariffs because of a past dumping ruling by the Commerce Department. Chuin-wei Yap, WSJ, "The U.S.-China Trade Battle Spawns a New Era of Tariff Dodges," 8 Oct. 2018 But as Putnam prepares to leave the commissioner's job after the November elections, most of the candidates from both parties also point to produce dumping from Mexico as one of the biggest negatives in Florida from the pact. Jim Turner, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Agriculture commissioner candidates say NAFTA hurts Florida farmers," 30 May 2018 Prado said that combination of easily accessible freshwater, saltwater, and a dumping area for wastewater all on one site is what made their decision to locate in South Florida an easy one. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Salmon from sunny South Florida? Norwegian firm builds Florida farm for cold-water fish," 11 Apr. 2018 What struck a chord for me were the residents in the story who readily owned up to their dumping and littering sins. Mike Newall, Philly.com, "A litterer's confession (or the time I got lowered into a sewer) | Mike Newall," 27 Feb. 2018 With a possible trade war brewing, any blatant dumping of sugar could trigger a backlash, with politicians around the world particularly sensitive to unfair trade and more likely to react. Vibhuti Agarwal, WSJ, "India, Buried in Sugar, Tries to Dig Out," 29 May 2018 Boeing said Bombardier had sold them at artificially low prices with the help of subsidies from the Canadian government, a practice known as dumping. New York Times, "Boeing Takes On Bombardier and Airbus With Embraer Deal," 5 July 2018 The city's chief code enforcement officer, Jack Frost, said dumping is tough to prove unless there's a witness that can identify the vehicle or connect the trash to the dumper. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Don’t dump your trash on this Anchorage man’s property. He’ll find you.," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dumping

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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