slump

verb
\ˈsləmp \
slumped; slumping; slumps

Definition of slump 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to fall or sink suddenly

b : to drop or slide down suddenly : collapse

2 : to assume a drooping posture or carriage : slouch

3 : to go into a slump sales slumped

slump

noun

Definition of slump (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a marked or sustained decline especially in economic activity or prices

b : a period of poor or losing play by a team or individual

2 : a downward slide of a mass of rock or land

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Synonyms & Antonyms for slump

Synonyms: Noun

depression, recession

Antonyms: Noun

boom

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Examples of slump in a Sentence

Verb

She fainted and slumped to the floor. Exhausted, he slumped down into the chair. His shoulders slumped forward in disappointment. Real estate prices slumped during the recession.

Noun

The economy's been in a slump since last year. They've been in a slump ever since they traded their best player. He's in a batting slump.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The current upswing follows a boom-and-bust cycle for the Italian brand, whose fortunes had slumped after the departure of designer Tom Ford in 2004. Fortune, "Gucci Aims to Rival Louis Vuitton With $12 Billion Target," 7 June 2018 Smaller producers have more to lose, and shares of U.K. grocery suppliers slumped after the Sainsbury announcement. Bloomberg.com, "Now on Offer at the Supermarket: Freshly Squeezed Suppliers," 30 Apr. 2018 Miami, which slumped to 6-10 last season after going 10-6 and making the playoffs in 2016 in coach Adam Gase’s first season, entered the draft with glaring needs at linebacker, tight end and defensive tackle among starting jobs. Chris Perkins, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Miami Dolphins select Minkah Fitzpatrick with No. 11 pick in NFL draft," 27 Apr. 2018 But after the All-Star break, Oladipo was slumping. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: How Pacers' Victor Oladipo found a new, unstoppable weapon," 16 Apr. 2018 Sahleem Tindle, 28, slumped after being shot and rolled on to his back — his empty hands raised above him — as BART Officer Joseph Mateu continued to point his weapon at Tindle, the video shows. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, "New video shows BART police officer’s path to fatal shooting," 21 Feb. 2018 Fairfax lost its third shift last fall after sales of the Malibu slumped. Mark Davis, kansascity, "GM confirms new vehicle for Fairfax assembly plant, retaining 500 jobs," 19 Feb. 2018 Cordero slumped badly after homering three times in two games, hitting .100/.143/.150 over 14 games before returning to the Pacific Coast League. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres roster review: Franchy Cordero," 13 Dec. 2017 Lynn Laskey, 39, 1300 block of Clybourne Street, Batavia, was charged with drunken driving at 3:53 p.m. Sunday near Sullivan Road and Route 25 after officers responded to calls about a driver slumped over at the wheel, Aurora police said. Erika Wurst, Aurora Beacon-News, "Police: Aurora woman facing four counts of aggravated DUI," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Then there’s Chris Davis, whose season-long slump has been among the worst in baseball history as the All-Star break nears. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, "Five for Friday: Orioles' all-time strikeout leaders — with a new name at the top," 6 July 2018 Gardenhire attributed part of the slump to the schedule. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Ron Gardenhire looking for solutions to Detroit Tigers' losing streak," 25 June 2018 The recent slump is causing some bullish investors to wonder whether the haven metal’s yearslong rebound might be coming to an end. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Why Gold’s Tumble Signals Confidence in U.S. Economy," 22 June 2018 His injury, ultimately diagnosed as a UCL strain, was a result of his trying to work out of that slump. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hunter Renfroe back in Padres lineup, Wil Myers progressing," 28 May 2018 North Carolina's fourth-grade slump on the national reading exam, which is too small to be considered statistically significant, isn't a surprise. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "NC has spent more than $150 million to boost reading. Are these scores worth it? | Charlotte Observer," 10 Apr. 2018 Diallo was mobbed by his teammates, who were overcome with joy to see the latest evidence a midseason slump was completely behind him. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Hamidou Diallo finally puts together the 'full package' in NCAA Tournament win," 17 Mar. 2018 The slump was the driller's steepest two-day plunge since August 2015. Kevin Crowley, Houston Chronicle, "Exxon stock having worst two days since 2015," 5 Feb. 2018 During the recent five-game road trip, when the Cavs went 1-4 and were blown out by the Celtics, Timberwolves and Raptors, James and others said this midseason slump was typical for this team since James returned. Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "LeBron James and Tyronn Lue agree on Cavaliers' goals, but not necessarily on current state of the team," 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of slump

Verb

circa 1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for slump

Verb

probably imitative

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More Definitions for slump

slump

verb

English Language Learners Definition of slump

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to sit or fall down suddenly and heavily

: to move down or forward suddenly

: to decrease suddenly and by a large amount

slump

noun

English Language Learners Definition of slump (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sudden decrease in prices, value, amount, etc.

: a period of time when an economy is doing poorly

sports : a period of time when a team or player is doing poorly

slump

verb
\ˈsləmp \
slumped; slumping

Kids Definition of slump

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to drop or slide down suddenly : collapse The tired woman slumped into a chair.

2 : slouch entry 2 Don't slump when you walk.

3 : to drop sharply Sales slumped.

slump

noun

Kids Definition of slump (Entry 2 of 2)

: a big or continued drop especially in prices, business, or performance

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