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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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 Increasingly, Southeast Asian nations are pushing back against becoming a dumping ground for wealthier countries after China barred the import of scrap plastic last year. Hillary Leung, Time, "'We Owe It to Our Kids to Keep the Environment Clean.' Canada to Ban Single-Use Plastics as Early as 2021," 11 June 2019 The best way to avoid having your garage become a dumping ground may be to go back to the basics and use it to park your car. Nicole Anzia, Washington Post, "The top clutter culprits in every room — and how to deal with them," 4 June 2019 An adviser speaking the language of wants might forestall hasty dumping of stocks by pointing that while losses are always painful, that investor still has more than enough in bonds and stocks to forestall poverty. Meir Statman, WSJ, "A Better Way to Think About Portfolio Rebalancing," 23 Sep. 2018 Electric utilities and other industries have been pressing the commission to end its role in restricting the dumping of toxic wastewater into the river, arguing there's too much bureaucracy already. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, "Ohio River panel wants to give up power to set pollution-control rules," 8 June 2018 Boeing challenged the deal, accusing its Canadian rival of price dumping. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Bombardier to Cut 5,000 Jobs and Sell Units in Restructuring," 8 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of dumping

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Jun 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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