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lump

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noun \ ˈləmp \

Definition of lump

1 :a piece or mass of indefinite size and shape
  • a lump of coal
  • a lump of clay
2 a :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

Examples of lump in a Sentence

  1. turning a lump of clay into a beautiful pot

  2. He got a lump on his head after bumping into the doorway.

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Origin and Etymology of lump

Middle English


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lump

verb

Definition of lump

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

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Origin and Etymology of lump

see 1lump


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lump

adjective

Definition of lump

:not divided into parts :entire
  • a lump sum

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Origin and Etymology of lump

see 1lump


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lump

verb

Definition of lump

transitive verb
:to put up with
  • like it or lump it

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Origin and Etymology of lump

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LUMP Defined for English Language Learners

lump

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noun

Definition of lump for English Language Learners

  • : a small piece or mass of something

  • : an area of swelling or growth on your body


LUMP Defined for Kids

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lump

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noun \ ˈləmp \

Definition of lump for Students

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

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lump

verb

Definition of lump for Students

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

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lump

adjective

Definition of lump for Students

:not divided into parts
  • a lump sum

Medical Dictionary

lump

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noun \ ˈləmp \

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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