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

Jose Abreu isn’t the White Sox’s only slumping slugger. Phil Rogers, chicagotribune.com, "White Sox give slumping Royals killer Matt Davidson a rest," 13 July 2018 Luis Miguel has also proven to be a case study in how to jump start a slumping career. Adam Williams, Billboard, "How a Netflix Series Revived the Career of Latin Pop Icon Luis Miguel," 10 July 2018 Witnesses told FOX29 Philadelphia that the driver was slumped over the steering wheel with his head down moments before the crash. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Man relaxing in kiddie pool with family killed by out-of-control bus: reports," 7 July 2018 The family was returning from an Orlando City game in Orlando on Sunday when Pam Heiker noticed her husband suddenly slump over the steering wheel, the report said. Web Staff, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Woman saves husband's life with CPR at steering wheel: report," 3 July 2018 This year alone, tobacco titan Philip Morris International Inc. saw shares slump 23%. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "E-cigarette maker Juul is said to seek $1.2 billion in funding," 29 June 2018 Texas fans who stayed late and slumped over the metal barriers erected around the Super Regionals staging area even delivered a sincere round of applause for Bragga and the Golden Eagles on Sunday following their final meeting with the media. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas baseball coach Pierce is substance over style," 12 June 2018 The main page does include a photo, but in it his father is walking away from him, only recognizable by his slumping posture and white head of hair. Matt Viser, BostonGlobe.com, "Bernie Sanders hasn’t endorsed his candidate son," 7 June 2018 The team summoned Russell Branyan from Triple-A Nashville, looking for a left-handed bat that could potentially help a slumping offense. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Rewind to May of 2008 on the 10th anniversary of the Milwaukee Brewers’ memorable run to the playoffs.," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With Orlando Arcia sent to the minors amid a season-long slump, putting a premier player at shortstop for the playoff push would be a huge coup for the Brewers, who obviously are thinking big at this point. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 10, Braves 3: Jesus Aguilar continues a torrid season with two homers and four RBI," 8 July 2018 George Springer, in the midst of a 1-for-24 slump, singled to center to score Kemp with the tying run. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Yuli Gurriel's walkoff single sends Astros past White Sox," 5 July 2018 The slumps, which used to drive him crazy, which only perpetuated them, will come. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Wil Myers keeps focus narrow in return to Padres," 5 July 2018 What’s Happening With China’s Shanghai Composite now in a bear market—down by more than 20% since a January high—analysts are exploring differences and similarities with Chinese stocks’ last slump, a sharp drop that began in June 2015. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Don’t Blame Debt-Hungry Retail Investors for China’s Bear Market," 4 July 2018 But upon his arrival, Bird awoke from a monthlong slump, belting the two home runs, and Andujar continued to impress. New York Times, "Miguel Andujar Gives Yankees a Boost Against the Red Sox. And in the Trade Market?," 30 June 2018 An inverted yield curve, by contrast, has been a reliable indicator of impending economic slumps, like the one that started about 10 years ago. Fortune, "The Yield Curve Is Flatter! Remind Me Why I Care," 26 June 2018 As for what’s caused the slump, a scout with a National League club wondered if it could be related to age. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Paul Goldschmidt's woes highlighted during Arizona Diamondbacks' struggles," 31 May 2018 The recent slump Breaking News Be the first to know when big news breaks Recaptcha requires verification. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "What you need to know about Florida baseball heading into the NCAA Tournament," 31 May 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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