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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

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Examples of lump in a Sentence


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 funds are last funds, not a lump sum The Birmingham Promise will only pay any leftover balance from college tuition after the student has exhausted his or her scholarships and federal grant funding. Anna Beahm |, al, "What Birmingham students need to know about Woodfin’s college promise," 28 Aug. 2019 This prevents lumps and overmixing, often the culprit in tough, heavy baked goods. Claire Perez,, "Claire’s tip of the week: Why you should bring dairy to room temperature," 23 Aug. 2019 Kawakubo used polyester, left seams frayed, and added lumps and holes. Vogue, "The Women Designers Who Changed The Way We Dress," 14 Aug. 2019 Dry body brushing is said to energize the body, increases circulation and blood flow, and stimulates drainage from the lymphatic system to smooth skin's surface, sweep away flakes and dry patches, and even out lumps and bumps, including cellulite. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "What Is "Dry Brushing" and Can It Really Cure Cellulite?," 31 July 2019 Selecting the Right Grill Portable grills are fueled by lump and briquette charcoal or propane, each with its own advantages. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "These Are the Best Portable Grills of Summer 2019," 2 July 2019 Immediately, fans began reporting lumps and bubbles in their lipsticks, as well as tiny white hairs embedded in the product. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Jaclyn Hill is Giving Customers Free Lipstick Following Jaclyn Cosmetics Lipstick Backlash," 13 June 2019 Sixty-one percent paid above the minimum payment each month, 32 percent used extra cash to make lump-sum payments and 17 percent cut their spending. Laura Haverty, NBC News, "5 must do's if you want to buy a home but have student debt," 15 Aug. 2019 William Fitzgerald, chairman of Ascent Capital Group, reported $3.7 million in other compensation, of which $2.9 million was a lump-sum severance payment. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Median pay for Colorado executive rises in 2018, despite down year for most investors," 11 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But those were two different articles that got kind of lumped together and there’s a human behind all of that. Mary Kay Cabot,, "Drew Stanton on how he was wrong about Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham missing preseason and more," 23 Aug. 2019 DoorDash and Amazon Flex have changed their controversial tipping policies that lumped tips into minimum payments for drivers. Fortune, "DoorDash and Amazon Change Their Controversial Tipping Policies," 22 Aug. 2019 By proposing the ballot question, the city council majority acted inappropriately by lumping together a change in the way the mayor is selected with a change to district elections. Mei-ling Shek-stefan, The Mercury News, "No directly elected mayor for Sunnyvale," 18 Aug. 2019 There are so many teams lumped together with similar records, particularly in the National League. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Woodruff's injury does not help Brewers' bargaining position for starter before trade deadline," 22 July 2019 Francisco Javier García, the tourism minister in the Dominican Republic, said earlier this month that the deaths were not part of any mysterious series of fatalities but a statistically normal phenomenon lumped together by the U.S. media. CBS News, "Schumer asks ATF to join investigation into deaths in the Dominican Republic," 30 June 2019 However, President Trump makes the mistake of lumping China and the EU together as America’s adversaries. Dalibor Rohac, National Review, "As They Confront China, Americans and Europeans Need Each Other," 28 June 2019 The form lists 132 transactions made in 2018, though the actual total is higher because some entries lumped together multiple sales of condo units made in a single property. Bill Allison,, "Ivanka Trump made $4 million from president’s D.C. hotel," 14 June 2019 State law had lumped hemp in with marijuana and subjected it to state and federal drug laws. Laura Hancock,, "Gov. Mike DeWine signs bill legalizing industrial hemp, CBD products," 30 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 The crusty cake has no filler, just luscious lump crab meat and a mustard tang in the seasoning. Courtney Dabney, star-telegram, "The Wharf, the new venture from chef Erin Miller, drops anchor in Roanoke | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 28 Mar. 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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English Language Learners Definition of lump

: a small piece or mass of something
: an area of swelling or growth on your body


\ ˈləmp How to pronounce lump (audio) \

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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