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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 So workers in some states will receive a lump sum to cover retroactive benefits, and nothing more. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of September 21," 25 Sep. 2020 The two choices present options for contestants of different ages — a winner under 18, for example, may find the 40-year payout to be better for them, whereas an older adult may prefer the lump sum. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Why 'America's Got Talent' Winner Brandon Leake Will NOT Receive $1 Million," 24 Sep. 2020 But the lump-sum exceeds the £2.4 million cited so far as public expenditure on the cottage, and means that their rental on the property is covered for an unspecified period of time. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Pay Rent Up Front for Their UK Home, Frogmore Cottage," 24 Sep. 2020 The Supreme Court upheld an earlier decision on the Parkland shooting by Broward Circuit Judge Patti Englander Henning, clearing the way for the school district to resolve the cases for a $300,000 lump sum. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Supreme Court rules against Parkland families in case against school district," 24 Sep. 2020 So workers in some states will receive a lump sum to cover retroactive benefits, and nothing more. Ben Casselman, New York Times, "Job Rebound Is ‘Losing Steam’ as Crisis Passes Six-Month Mark," 24 Sep. 2020 Also, the commissioner could have paid back his outstanding $1.9 million interest-free loan in a lump sum. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott could have been a hero -- but nope," 21 Sep. 2020 Many union members nationwide have resisted lump-sum payment offers in collective bargaining, arguing that approach doesn't guarantee higher wages in the future. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "GE Appliances, union deal: Workers vote today on new four-year contract," 16 Sep. 2020 But in addition to not having to spend hundreds of dollars in one lump sum, All Access subscribers can actually come out ahead at the end of two years. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Xbox All Access seems like one of the best deals in gaming," 9 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The Silver Spirit may not be quite the fastest machine available, but to lump it in with all the others in the soft-bellied lounge-car class would be a big mistake. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1981 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Rejuvenates Traditional Luxury," 23 Sep. 2020 Pickled okra pods, lump blue crabmeat, and flounder fillets get the ceviche treatment in a dish meant for Gulf Coast summers. Mary Tomlinson, Southern Living, "What Is Ceviche?," 10 July 2020 Oregon health officials publish facility-level case and death data for places with more than two cases or at least one death, but the numbers lump together residents, staff, close contacts and other unspecified categories. oregonlive, "Coronavirus kills worker at Oregon senior care home," 11 June 2020 Supporters of Black Lives Million said Trump is trying to lump an entire group of people with the few who grew violent at some of the protests. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Trump calls proposed Black Lives Matter mural outside Trump Tower 'a symbol of hate'," 1 July 2020 Clackamas County leaders have asked Gov. Kate Brown to reconsider her decision to lump their county with Multnomah and Washington counties when easing restrictions on businesses and residents. oregonlive, "Clackamas County says it’s ready for Phase 2 reopening, asks governor to delink it from Multnomah, Washington counties," 20 June 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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30 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lump.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce lump (audio)

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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