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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 Lisa Morelli, 37, chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $700,000, according to the lottery. Jerry Fallstrom,, "Eustis woman claims $1M prize in lottery scratch-off game," 6 Nov. 2019 Most of the vessel contracts receive a lump sum payment plus a 10% share of the halibut proceeds. Anchorage Daily News, "Some Southeast Alaska fishermen speak out against push to exempt Tongass from roadless rule," 6 Nov. 2019 The winner can take an annuity of $150 million, paid in 30 payments over 29 years, or a lump-sum payment of $104.8 million. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Powerball ticket worth $150 million sold in California; Ohio Lottery results," 4 Nov. 2019 The Ford deal, reached after three days of talks on economics, is expected to follow the basic pattern set in the GM contract, which included lump-sum payments and annual pay increases that lift production wages up to $32.32 an hour by 2023., "Ford reaches deal with UAW on new pact, averting a strike - The Boston Globe," 1 Nov. 2019 Workers, who ended their strike on Friday, were able to win a mix of pay raises and lump sums. CBS News, "40-day strike cost General Motors nearly $3 billion," 29 Oct. 2019 The deal also includes a mix of wage increases and lump-sum payments and an $11,000 signing bonus. Tom Krisher, Twin Cities, "GM workers ratify contract, ending contentious 40-day strike," 25 Oct. 2019 The tentative four-year contract gives workers a mix of pay raises, lump sum payments and an $11,000 signing bonus. Tom Krisher, Los Angeles Times, "GM strike will continue until workers vote, union officials decide," 17 Oct. 2019 In addition to enhancing investment in new technologies and irrigation, a government move towards lump-sum payments to farmers with holdings below a certain limit, in the spirit of Telangana’s Rythu Bandhu scheme, will be an improvement. Raghuram Rajan, Quartz India, "Nobel winner Abhijit Banerjee and former RBI chief Raghuram Rajan on India’s economic challenges," 15 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In a 2018 blog post, Vinh warns us not to lump all digital illustrations into one category—or Pinterest board. Anne Quito, Quartzy, "Why editorial illustrations look so similar these days," 26 Oct. 2019 Oracle had argued that the contract should be broken into smaller contracts instead of lumped into one large procurement. oregonlive, "Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd, who used to run HP, dies at 62," 18 Oct. 2019 While Witherspoon is often lumped in with other actresses who have ventured into the lifestyle space as their careers begin to cool, Witherspoon's forays into southern-belle branding were not a consolation prize. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Reese Witherspoon Built an Empire Out of Blonde Ambition," 31 July 2019 For about $1,500 monthly, depending on the location, Common residents receive a small efficiency inside a larger home: rent, utilities, a bed, mattress, and regular amenities (such as toilet paper and garbage bags) are lumped into one sum. John Gastaldo, National Geographic, "Navigating the booming cost of urban life," 12 June 2019 But Bea’s voice as a writer is distinct, and Aine’s foibles and compulsions resist being lumped into a pile with other cheekily traumatized comic heroines. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "This Way Up Is a Bountiful Binge Watch," 22 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, Gardner’s campaign on Wednesday aimed to lump Hickenlooper with the rest of the Democratic field. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "John Hickenlooper is running for U.S. Senate: “I’m not done fighting for the people of Colorado”," 21 Aug. 2019 Tim Cook, in a CNBC interview, said that Apple wasn’t a monopoly and objected to being lumped in with Google and Facebook; other critics suggested that the Warren plan was too vague and would be difficult to implement. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "How Elizabeth Warren Came Up with a Plan to Break Up Big Tech," 20 Aug. 2019 After getting lumped in with rivals, Apple is trying to separate itself from the pack on privacy protection once again. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "How Fitbit Could Stage a Comeback With Its New Watch and Premium Service—Data Sheet," 29 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The striking workers want higher hourly wages, lump sum payments and a better profit sharing plan. Charles Riley, CNN, "WeWork expected to postpone its IPO," 17 Sep. 2019 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

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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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12 Nov 2019

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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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