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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

Antonyms: Noun

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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 FC Dallas continues to slump as their chances to qualify for the MLS playoffs took another blow. Harjeet Johal, Dallas News, 26 Sep. 2021 This came as a surprise to many observers who had been expecting the pandemic to spark a commercial real-estate sales slump comparable to the one that followed the global financial crisis. Esther Fung, WSJ, 27 July 2021 That gold tends to rally as equities slump is no longer axiomatic in these markets. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 1 June 2021 Sometimes, a no-roll crust will puff or slump while baking, but that’s no big deal: Check it halfway through baking and, while the crust is still warm, use the same measuring cup or glass to gently press it back into place, then bake until set. New York Times, 26 July 2021 United's Nocella warned that travel is likely to slump in October, early November, and the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas. David Koenig, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2021 Time lapse of the Pretty Rocks slump, from July 21 to Aug. 25, 2021. Time, 7 Sep. 2021 In 2018, the landslide was causing the roadway to slump almost half an inch per day, officials said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Aug. 2021 Then in June, questions raised about the long-term viability of Cettire’s business model in a report by the Australian Financial Review prompted its share price to slump 30 percent. New York Times, 24 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Despite a prolonged slump due to the coronavirus crisis, Sands has not incurred sizable impairment charges. Trefis Team, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 After suffering a slump following his first appearance in the All-Star game, Walsh is finishing his first full major league season with a hot bat. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 1 Oct. 2021 Vietnam – Vietnam’s economy shrunk by 6.17% in the third quarter of this year—a record quarterly slump as COVID-19 curbs hit business and manufacturing, according to Wednesday numbers from the country’s General Statistics Office. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 30 Sep. 2021 Guerrero snapped an 0 for 20 slump with an RBI double in the bottom half after Gallo and Urshela failed to communicatre and allowed Springer’s leadoff fly to drop between them in left field for a double., 30 Sep. 2021 Nothing cures a case of the 6 a.m. scaries or a 3 p.m. slump like a cup of coffee. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 29 Sep. 2021 At a time when the Sox have fallen into a desperate struggle for runs (11 runs in four games entering Wednesday night) amid an untimely late-season slump, a resurgent Martinez could play a pivotal role for a team fighting for the postseason., 29 Sep. 2021 Tattoo sales are soaring in the Bay Area after pandemic slump. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Sep. 2021 Its stock rose 15% Tuesday, partly reversing a two-day slump after a document circulated online saying a unit of the developer was asking for government help. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2021

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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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“Slump.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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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
: 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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