\ ˈsləmp How to pronounce slump (audio) \
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



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


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Examples of slump in a Sentence


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.


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 Canadian mining company was the undisputed king of gold production until its output slumped, falling 25% over five years to 5.3 million troy ounces at the end of 2017—about the same as Newmont at the time. Jacquie Mcnish, WSJ, "Barrick Gold Is Considering Possible Deal With Newmont," 22 Feb. 2019 The film also marked a bit of a comeback for the then-slumping Hanks, who had struggled to follow up Big with anything so, well, big. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Penny Marshall’s groundbreaking directing career, explained in 3 movies," 18 Dec. 2018 Orders for new communications satellites, especially those bound for geostationary orbit, have slumped. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Quietly, Japan has established itself as a power in the aerospace industry," 15 Nov. 2018 According to reports, sales at the restaurant, started by Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali in 2016, have slumped since the allegations against Batali broke. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Mario Batali's La Sirena to close at the end of the year," 19 Sep. 2018 Just as important, backing for the League’s rival for the leadership of the right, Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, has slumped from 14% to as low as 8% in some polls. The Economist, "Political chaos in Italy as new elections beckon," 31 May 2018 No specific reason was cited, but the company’s stock has slumped 30 percent in the past year and Campbell reported poor quarterly results on Friday. James Freeman, WSJ, "Gender, Campbell’s Soup and the American Consumer," 21 May 2018 Ben Davis, which won single-class state championships in 1995 and ’96 under Steve Witty, had slumped to just two winning season in eight years prior to James’ arrival. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Mark James leaves Ben Davis for Perry Meridian basketball job," 9 Apr. 2018 Tesla's share value has slumped 18 percent in the past five trading days. Anchorage Daily News, "Fresh shock waves hit U.S. markets after Trump tweets, China steps up trade war," 2 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Photo: jim dedmon/Reuters Revenge of the Defenses Another once-unstoppable offense has hit a slump recently. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The NFL Soap Opera Is Ready for Its Twist Ending," 19 Dec. 2018 Hunter Pence had a pair of RBI singles to snap a 1-for-18 slump. Michael Wagaman,, "Jose Urena unravels in 6th, Giants hang on for series win," 20 June 2018 The five-time All-Star struck out in all three of his at-bats during that game, part of a 1-for-19 slump for the 15-year veteran who spent the previous five-plus seasons with the Dodgers. Chuck Schilken,, "Former Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is released by the New York Mets," 11 June 2018 Bain had loaded the bases when Windham, mired in a 1-for-22 slump, emerged as the unlikely hero. Andrew Lopez,, "LSU baseball loses on walk-off hit to Louisiana-Lafayette," 8 Mar. 2018 And that's after a bit of a slump: Forbes had his overall 2018 worth at a cool $50 billion. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Michael Bloomberg's Net Worth Ranks Him Among the World's Top Billionaires," 26 Jan. 2019 The Huskies needed David Crisp to break out of a four-game scoring slump. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Washington breezes past Eastern Washington with an eye toward top-ranked Gonzaga," 27 Nov. 2018 According to a recent report in The Information, the once-hot ride-hailing business is in a bit of a slump. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Lyft hits a major milestone: 1 billion trips," 18 Sep. 2018 Following in the tradition of July being a sleeper month to score big deals (see: Prime Day and Nordstrom's still-going anniversary sale), Tarte is making up for any signs of summer slump with a beauty blowout. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "The Best Stuff to Get From Tarte Cosmetics' Huge 25 Percent Off Sale," 31 July 2018

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First Known Use of slump


circa 1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for slump


probably imitative

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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



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


\ ˈsləmp How to pronounce slump (audio) \
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.



Kids Definition of slump (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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