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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

Examples of lump in a Sentence

Noun 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 Each ticket is worth $316.3 million if the proceeds are taken in annual annuities over 29 years, or $225.1 million if the winners opt to take their prize in an immediate lump sum. Brian Dakss, CBS News, 7 Jan. 2022 After The Post sent questions to Orlovsky and other government officials, Sliti said Orlovsky told him that former detainees would also receive lump-sum payouts from what was left of the assistance budget. Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2022 The lump-sum agreement will replace monthly payments of spousal support that are guaranteed under the prenuptial agreement, according to the source. Bill Donahue, Billboard, 29 Dec. 2021 Decide whether to take a lump-sum or long-term payout. Mark Kantrowitz, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 There's also the cash option, a one-time, lump-sum payment equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 16 Dec. 2021 Lead paint victims are awarded settlements that are paid out over time to ensure that the money is not spent all at once, but Access Funding would pay out a smaller lump sum to obtain the rights to the more valuable long-term settlement. Justin Fenton,, 22 Dec. 2021 Instead of paying a lump sum of often more than $1,000 as a security deposit, renters using security deposit insurance pay their provider a low monthly fee of as little as $5 to $10. Adam Kovacevich, Fortune, 21 Dec. 2021 She was awarded a lump sum of £251.5 million, to be paid within three months, and annual payments including for the maintenance of an £87.5 million estate near Kensington Palace in West London and about £277,000 for show horses. Allison Prang, WSJ, 21 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While Ginger’s story preview was more about air quality than climate change, my personal experience is that many people lump these things into the same category in their ideological marinades or science illiteracy. Marshall Shepherd, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 There is too much diversity to lump them all together, and talk about, say, the U.S. market share in semiconductors. George Calhoun, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 The fashion business likes to lump Black designers together or simply dismiss them. Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2021 The chunks of protein were similar to lump crab meat with a variety of sizes pressed together to form the cake. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 24 Oct. 2021 The first mistake in my mind is to somehow lump such a massive group of people into a particular ideological mold. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 21 Oct. 2021 During one of the proceedings associated with this case, a Marriott executive reportedly conceded that the company didn’t lump the resort fee into the room rate that customers first see. Andy Meek, BGR, 13 Oct. 2021 Also lump in those who act on celebrity endorsements. Brad Moon, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Under the traditional pricing approach, insurers lump applicants into actuarial categories by such characteristics as age, gender, marital status, vehicle type and driving records, in addition to credit behavior. Leslie Scism, WSJ, 8 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Malaysian government has offered monthly assistance to the unemployed and lump payments to workers in certain sectors. Matt Apuzzo, New York Times, 23 Mar. 2020 The menu includes grilled salmon salad on a corn tostada, red fish with tomato artichoke beurre blanc sauce, enchiladas with lump crab meat, chocolate strawberries and churros. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, 7 Feb. 2020 This means making sure you get paid for all your unused vacation time or PTO, and, if applicable, understanding the options for your company stock and pension (for example, single life, lump sum, or joint with survivor). Nathan Bachrach And Amy Wagner,, 4 Feb. 2020 States under the total lump sum block-grant model would be required to keep health service spending at a level of at least 80% of the target. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, 30 Jan. 2020 Under the wages provision in the new contract, a firefighter who has been on the force for five years, earning $57,900, would get a 5 percent lump sum payment of $2,895. Joshua Fechter,, 24 Jan. 2020 If that funding is converted to a block grant, a state could get a limited, lump sum of federal money instead. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, 19 Jan. 2020 Members will also receive raises equal to 6% of wages over the life of the contract, and two lump sum payments equal to 4% of annual wages. Chris Isidore, CNN, 11 Dec. 2019 In the deal, workers would receive $9,000 before taxes, plus lump sum payments for skilled-trades workers of $1,000 this year and in 2021. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, 16 Nov. 2019

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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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10 Jan 2022

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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


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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


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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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