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Definition of lump

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : a piece or mass of indefinite size and shape a lump of coal a lump of clay
2a : aggregate, totality taken in the lump
b : majority few candidates ever started with such a lump who did not get the nomination— R. L. Strout
3 : protuberance especially : an abnormal swelling came to with nothing more than a lump on his head
4 : a person who is heavy and awkward a lump of a man also : one who is stupid or dull

5 lumps plural

a : beatings, bruises had taken a lot of lumps growing up in the city
b : defeat, loss can cheerfully take his lumps on losers, because the payout is big on the winners— Martin Mayer
lump in one's throat
: a constriction of the throat caused by emotion


verb (1)
lumped; lumping; lumps

Definition of lump (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to group indiscriminately
2 : to make into lumps also : to make lumps on or in
3 : to move noisily and clumsily

intransitive verb

1 : to become formed into lumps
2 : to move oneself noisily and clumsily



Definition of lump (Entry 3 of 4)

: not divided into parts : entire a lump sum


verb (2)
lumped; lumping; lumps

Definition of lump (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

: to put up with like it or lump it

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Examples of lump in a Sentence


turning a lump of clay into a beautiful pot He got a lump on his head after bumping into the doorway.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sixty-one percent paid above the minimum payment each month, 32 percent used extra cash to make lump-sum payments and 17 percent cut their spending. Laura Haverty, NBC News, "5 must do's if you want to buy a home but have student debt," 15 Aug. 2019 William Fitzgerald, chairman of Ascent Capital Group, reported $3.7 million in other compensation, of which $2.9 million was a lump-sum severance payment. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Median pay for Colorado executive rises in 2018, despite down year for most investors," 11 Aug. 2019 In other words, Bowen can get out of the lease and the annual rent with a lump sum., "Developer of luxury tower cuts rich deal with Goodmans," 10 Aug. 2019 Under Netflix's model, that translates to an additional lump sum of cash up front in lieu of traditional backend payouts down the road. Bryn Elise Sandberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Wealth, Privilege and Gwyneth Paltrow: How Ryan Murphy's First Netflix Show Takes Down Trump-Era Entitlement," 7 Aug. 2019 The college or university that sold or leased the franchise would have a lump-sum payment or a revenue stream free and clear of the obligations of maintaining a complex organization. William L. Rukeyser, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Here’s how NCAA college sports could be deregulated," 4 Aug. 2019 According to the press release, Bower opted to take the lump sum payment, earning him $2.2 million after taxes. Fox News, "Air Force veteran, 94, wins $6.5M in Oregon lottery after checking ticket one more time before tossing it," 3 Aug. 2019 Per the agreement, the district was to pay Zehren a lump sum of $60,000 on or before Aug. 2 and four future payments of $35,000. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shorewood Intermediate School teacher accused of racism has 'reluctantly' decided to retire from the district," 2 Aug. 2019 Phylos already has licensing agreements in place that give growers a lump sum up front for their germplasm; other agreements give growers a royalty every time one of their clones, which can be identified with their farm’s name on it, sells. Hannah Wallace, WIRED, "High Drama: A Cannabis Biotech Company Roils Small Growers," 24 July 2019

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State law had lumped hemp in with marijuana and subjected it to state and federal drug laws. Laura Hancock,, "Gov. Mike DeWine signs bill legalizing industrial hemp, CBD products," 30 July 2019 The broad swath of beers that are lumped together because of the kettle souring technique (a brewer introduces Lactobacillus bacteria to a brew kettle to add acidity to the beer) can be crisp, refreshing beers. Zak Stambor,, "Canned sour beers that explode with flavor, but won’t explode the can," 23 July 2019 The 10-nation bloc lumps together an absolute monarchy and constitutional monarchies, along with socialist republics and fledgling democracies. Washington Post, "ASEAN leaders call for restraint amid sea row, US-China rift," 23 June 2019 Note: That list lumps together a few different kinds of gaming subscriptions. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Subscriptions Are About to Swallow Gaming," 20 June 2019 Republican lawmakers and business groups are increasingly warning about the administration’s approach, saying that lumping tough, disparate issues together will chill relations with other governments and put American companies at a disadvantage. New York Times, "Trump Mixes Economic and National Security, Plunging the U.S. Into Multiple Fights," 8 June 2019 He’ll be lumped in with the no-hopers who stand little chance of surviving even until the Iowa caucuses. Joe Garofoli,, "Billionaire Tom Steyer needs your money, or his campaign is doomed," 18 July 2019 Alphabet, YouTube’s parent company, has been relatively quiet about the video service’s financial performance, lumping its earnings in with those of Google. Fortune, "YouTube Adds More Pay Features to Its Free Video Services," 11 July 2019 Armed with statistics indicating that the venerated host has been in a ratings slide for a decade, new network president Caroline Morton (a forceful Amy Ryan) tells Newbury that, like it or lump it, her current year is going to be her last. Kenneth Turan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Kaling and Thompson make ‘Late Night’ a great night," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Consider these options as well: rye, roast beef and horseradish; dinner rolls, lump crabmeat and whole-grain mustard; ciabatta, olive oil, jamon and Manchego. Rebecca White, Dallas News, "The tea sandwich has returned, and it's modern and creative," 16 July 2019 Jumbo lump crab takes well to being simmered in coconut milk, bright with turmeric and racy with red chile. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Commonwealth Indian is dressed to thrill in Rockville," 26 June 2019 At least 17 retirees received additional lump sum payouts for unused vacation and sick time, ranging from about $7,600 to $80,000. Matt Rocheleau,, "As State Police overtime probe intensifies, troopers race to lock in pensions and retire," 2 July 2018 Pieces of lump hardwood charcoal are irregularly shaped, with a more natural appearance than briquettes. Adam Ried,, "Everything you need to know about using a charcoal grill," 29 June 2018 Crab mac includes lump crab meat, tomatoes, baby spinach, and cheese sauce, garnished with snow crab claws. Caroline Szachnowski,, "New England’s best summer foods," 2 May 2018 Menu offerings include lump crab Benedict, lobster frittata and $5 sparkling wine. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "Fox closing Little Cleo’s restaurant to expand Culinary Dropout in Phoenix," 1 May 2018 And the preparation is certainly a hard one to beat: Generously portioned, lump crab meat is flavored with fresh chives and cilantro along with a bit of Old Bay seasoning, the cakes dredged in panko bread crumbs and pan-fried. Noelle Carter,, "Culinary SOS: Crab cakes from the Watercolour Grillhouse in Florida," 10 Apr. 2018 The crusty cake has no filler, just luscious lump crab meat and a mustard tang in the seasoning. Courtney Dabney, star-telegram, "The Wharf, the new venture from chef Erin Miller, drops anchor in Roanoke | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of lump


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1624, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


circa 1700, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1791, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lump

Noun, Verb (1), and Adjective

Middle English

Verb (2)

origin unknown

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English Language Learners Definition of lump

: a small piece or mass of something
: an area of swelling or growth on your body


\ ˈləmp How to pronounce lump (audio) \

Kids Definition of lump

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a small piece or chunk a lump of coal
2 : a swelling or growth She got a lump on her forehead.
3 : a tight feeling in the throat caused by emotion


lumped; lumping

Kids Definition of lump (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to group together Lump all the clothing into one pile.
2 : to form into lumps The gravy lumped.



Kids Definition of lump (Entry 3 of 3)

: not divided into parts a lump sum


\ ˈləmp How to pronounce lump (audio) \

Medical Definition of lump

1 : a piece or mass of indefinite size and shape
2 : an abnormal mass or swelling presenting as a neck lump

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