pump up

verb

Definition of pump up

1 a : to fill with enthusiasm or excitement
b : to fill with or as if with air : inflate
2 : increase 1

Examples of pump up in a Sentence

  1. the crowd was pumped up by the band's rocking performance

  2. that pop diva is trying to pump up album sales with an extended publicity tour

First Known Use of pump up

1791

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up pump up? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to oppose successfully

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens-painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!