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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 The lump-sum payout for that winner was $878 million, CBS News reported. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 30 July 2022 The jackpot winner will have the option to receive their winnings in the form of one lump sum payment of about $747 million or in annual payments over 30 years, according to Mega Millions. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 29 July 2022 In general, Social Security does not send uniform lump sum payments to all recipients. Bayliss Wagner, USA TODAY, 29 July 2022 Winners can receive their winnings through annuity or one-time lump sum option. Kaitlyn Koterbski, Fortune, 28 July 2022 The Lake County Council, in a special meeting Thursday, approved a resolution supporting an amendment to state statute that would change the repayment terms allowing the entities to pay over 10 years instead of in one lump sum this December. Alexandra Kukulka, Chicago Tribune, 28 July 2022 This option is a one-time, lump-sum payment equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool, the USA Today report said. Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 28 July 2022 Crabmeat is typically sold as jumbo lump, backfin, special and claw meat. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 9 July 2022 Macaroni and cheese tastes infinitely better than the ice cream version, which is like a cold, sugary lump of Kraft singles. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 7 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And keep in mind that as interest rates rise, lump sum pension values decrease. Amy Wagner And Steve Sprovach, The Enquirer, 5 May 2022 According to Netflix, the series will have the biggest cast and lump sum prize money in reality TV history: 456 contestants and $4.56 million, respectively. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 14 June 2022 His theories about elections tend to lump all Chicago Democrats together, so that Michelle and Barack Obama are considered just as capable of unsavory political tactics as the two Daleys who governed Chicago for decades. Megan O’matz, ProPublica, 25 May 2022 Privacy advocates, for their part, worried that even though Floc data would lump people into groups, ad companies would eventually be able to identify individuals, and sensitive information about them, by collecting enough Floc data. Sam Schechner, WSJ, 25 Jan. 2022 Furthermore, some payers continue to lump obesity drugs together with lifestyle medications. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 1 May 2022 Right-wingers, but also liberals, lump everything in with trafficking. ELLE, 11 Apr. 2022 Even those who think his personal decision not to get a coronavirus vaccine is ill-informed and unhelpful do not lump him in with anti-vaccination crusaders. Marc Santora, New York Times, 13 Jan. 2022 The boom in ETFs—funds that lump in whole categories of risk-assets—in recent years has been a huge lift to the equities markets. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 26 Jan. 2022 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 See More

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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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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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