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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
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
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

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 Walker suggested something radical: putting to work the lump sum of the massive endowment and maximizing it by taking advantage of the historically low interest rates. Elisa Lipsky-karasz, WSJ, "How Darren Walker and the Ford Foundation Reinvented Philanthropy for the Pandemic," 17 Nov. 2020 Sauteed jumbo lump blue crab cakes are served with remoulade. Will Coviello,, "Gambit's 2020 Fall Dining Guide: Where to eat in the New Orleans area amid new reopening phase," 12 Oct. 2020 The Marine was given a choice between a lump sum of $600,000 or 20 annual payments of $50,000. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Marine wins lottery just in time for Veterans Day," 11 Nov. 2020 Under the law, municipalities like Milwaukee that count ballots in a central facility instead of at the polling site must report their tallies in a lump sum. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ballot clerks asked for help. Lawmakers didn't act. Disinformation followed.," 9 Nov. 2020 President Nneka Slade Jackson said DealPoint Merrill CEO David Frank, instead of agreeing to a $3-million lump sum, offered a lump sum of $300,000. cleveland, "Richmond Heights voters approve school district’s permanent improvement renewal, say no to operating levy," 6 Nov. 2020 Ledbetter has said the money would come as a lump sum of up to $1,800 for those eligible for all six weeks. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Delayed $300 weekly boost to jobless benefits will arrive in Alaska accounts Friday, state says," 5 Nov. 2020 More than 35,000 people are likely eligible for the extra money, which originally was expected to be made in six weekly payments of $300 apiece, but now can be made as one lump sum, said Lennon Weller, an economist with the state labor department. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "State blames technical glitches as tens of thousands of Alaskans await $300 weekly unemployment boost," 28 Oct. 2020 While some essential workers did receive hazard pay in the form of lump-sum bonuses and wage multipliers during the pandemic’s early months, that hazard pay was available for a short amount of time. New York Times, "How Long Can N.Y.C. Museums Survive at 25 Percent Capacity?," 26 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The decline in plan participants over time was mainly driven by the purchase of annuities for retirees and lump sum payments taken by others who left the company. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Sale of J.C. Penney approved by bankruptcy court, giving the retailer a second chance," 10 Nov. 2020 Still, the escalating measures against Muslim isolationism in France do sometimes lump Jews into the equation, making some French Jews uncomfortable. Cnaan Liphshiz,, "France cracking down on radical Islam with Jewish community’s support," 28 Oct. 2020 As the Democratic nominee, Peterson has portrayed himself as a moderate candidate, supporting his ideas with biblical references and declaring outright that voters shouldn’t lump him together with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Democrat Chris Peterson wages campaign against Utah’s one-party rule," 19 Oct. 2020 Some states lump all types of tests together in one report, some don't tabulate the quick antigen tests at all and others don't publicize their system. Matthew Perrone, Star Tribune, "Millions more virus rapid tests, but are results reported?," 18 Oct. 2020 Some states lump all types of tests together in one report, some don’t tabulate the quick antigen tests at all and others don’t publicize their system. Matthew Perrone,, "New rapid COVID-19 tests mean million more people are screened, but many of the results are going unreported, health officials say," 18 Oct. 2020 Basically, dogs take note of our faces, and even the expressions on them, but their brains lump that in with other information like body language and voice commands. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Your Dog Could Take or Leave Your Face. Sorry.," 7 Oct. 2020 In the bigger picture, a win Saturday would lump SMU with UCF and Cincinnati as the best teams in the American and by extension as the early leaders to reach a New Year’s Six bowl. USA TODAY, "Bold predictions for Week 5 of the college football season," 2 Oct. 2020 Atticks said the bill would lump hemp in with medical cannabis, which is used to treat conditions ranging from seizures to chronic pain. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii,, "Baltimore County Council considering restrictions on hemp farms," 29 Sep. 2020 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, "Covid-19’s Economic Pain Is Universal. But Relief? Depends on Where You Live.," 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, "Plan a special Valentine’s Day meal at one of these D-FW restaurants," 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,, "Simply Money: Forced into retirement? The crucial first steps to take," 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, "Trump Administration to Give States Wide Latitude in Medicaid Block-Grant Plan," 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,, "Details emerge about new five-year union contract for San Antonio firefighters," 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, "Trump Administration to Soon Issue Guidance on Medicaid Block Grants," 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, "Auto workers OK labor deal at Fiat Chrysler," 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, "Louisville's Ford production workers reject UAW contract, but it's approved nationwide," 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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29 Nov 2020

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“Lump.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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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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