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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 There were a number of other moments that brought a lump to throats on a humid night heavy with memories and melancholy. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 16 May 2022 The testing determined that DeGraw’s lump was not cancer. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 6 May 2022 Where the discovery of a polyp or a lump might avert progress of colon or breast cancer, blood cancer clinicians have few ways to treat patients who are on the cusp of developing cancer. Angus Chen, STAT, 24 Apr. 2022 For example, a married couple with two children ages 4 and 9 making $38,990 a year – 150% of the federal poverty line –currently receives an end-of-year lump sum tax return of $7,041. Leada Gore |, al, 28 Feb. 2022 Your eyes will need practice, but even Laidre, who has been on more than 40 Greenland expeditions, can still mistake an iceberg lump for a bear. Malia Wollan, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2022 Smelling blood, France, Spain and Bavaria joined in Frederick’s conquest, each hoping to carve a lump from the flailing empire. A. Wess Mitchell, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 Manuela had a fever that reached 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), spots all over her skin and a lump growing out of her neck. Camilo Rocha And Rodrigo Pedroso, CNN, 19 Jan. 2022 The Plot’s vegan Cräb cake, made from fibrous lion’s mane mushrooms, crunchy apple slaw, shaved fennel root and creamy tarragon sauce, has the perfect stringy texture of jumbo lump crab meat. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 To lump these movies together under a giant frown emoji, in other words, would be as reductive as trying to consign them to a single style or subject. Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2022 His open letter to the Hall suggested his personal views might cause voters to lump him in with Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, who have overwhelming statistical cases for the Hall of Fame yet are strongly tied to performance-enhancing drug use. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 13 Jan. 2022 While news headlines lump a huge, diverse population into a single acronym, the films on this list unravel that broad categorisation by telling the stories of LGBTQ+ individuals. Shannon Carlin,, 21 Feb. 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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22 May 2022

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“Lump.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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\ 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


\ ˈləmp How to pronounce lump (audio) \

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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