\ 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

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 The messaging comes in a race where the governor has struggled with slumping approval ratings but where the challenger is trying to overcome Kentucky’s shift toward the GOP in recent years. Washington Post, "Kentucky governor looks for boost from Trump," 20 Aug. 2019 But progress has shown cracks in recent months, with trade flows slumping and manufacturing indexes pulling back from Asia to Europe. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "Global Recession Risks Are Up, and Central Banks Aren’t Ready," 9 July 2019 After slumping about 40 percent during 2018, Ford stock is recovering this year and has risen more than 25 percent since January. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Ford Announces Layoffs, Will Cut 7000 Global White-Collar Jobs," 20 May 2019 American manufacturing production failed to bounce back last month after slumping earlier in the year, showing the global slowdown is squeezing a key sector in the U.S. economy. Austen Hufford, WSJ, "U.S. Manufacturing Squeezed by Global Slowdown, Trade Pressures," 16 Apr. 2019 With stocks slumping and the currency dropping 9 percent against the dollar since mid-April, censors have been deleting a torrent of criticism online, some of it directed at President Xi Jinping’s leadership. Steven Lee Myers, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s trade spat is rattling China’s leaders and economy," 14 Aug. 2018 After a four-year attendance slide, slumping revenues, management shakeups, and two CEO exits in three years, Wall Street analysts were offering their congratulations, and news headlines were trumpeting SeaWorld’s soaring stock price. Lori Weisberg,, "Is this the year SeaWorld makes a comeback?," 14 May 2018 Welcome to the latest installment of 3 Up, 3 Down, our weekly stock watch of who’s streaking and who’s slumping throughout Major League Baseball. Michael Shapiro,, "Gerrit Cole Gives the Astros a Scary-Good Look for October," 17 Sep. 2019 The company expects a deal to be closed by the end of the year Mengniu’s A$12.65 ($8.71) per share offer is a massive 59% premium on Bellamy’s Friday share price, which had slumped 62% from a peak of A$22.08 per share in March 2018 to just A$8.34. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "China Mengniu Dairy Makes $1 Billion Bid for Australian Infant Formula Maker Bellamy’s as Beijing Pushes Self-Sufficiency," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Overall slump: Sales are not declining in the auto industry alone. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "No, finance minister. Indian millennials are not to blame for the automobile slowdown," 11 Sep. 2019 Louis barely remembers Alexandre, but, nearing retirement, divorced and in a slump, he is revivified by the attention, and spurred to reconsider his past life. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 3 Sep. 2019 With everyone finding themselves in a slump, there’s only one direction to go: up. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Condoms, Consequences & Community: 5 Key Takeaways from Episode 7 of 'Pose' Season 2," 31 July 2019 Mexico’s economy is already in a slump, and the country is heavily dependent on trade with its northern neighbor. Washington Post, "Mexico, under pressure from Trump, says migrant flow has dropped 36%," 23 July 2019 The company’s stock has been stuck in a slump that has seen its shares decline by 78% in the past year, during which the S&P 500 Index has advanced 8%. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Amazon Counter Turns Rivals' Storefronts—Starting With Rite-Aid—Into Package Pickup Centers," 27 June 2019 Goldman Sachs recently reported on the massive uptick in streaming music sales buoying the industry, which had been in a slump as recently as 2014., "Investing like a rock star?," 21 June 2019 But finishing 26-15-6 in the final 47 games created the impression that the initial slump was a result of Colliton not having enough time to properly transition the team to his way of doing things. Jimmy Greenfield,, "Is Kirby Dach ready? What will the lines look like? 5 questions the Blackhawks must answer during training camp.," 12 Sep. 2019 The slump has continued into the summer — new home sales in July were off 9 percent from the previous year. Louis Hansen, The Mercury News, "Endangered Bay Area species: the new home," 1 Sep. 2019

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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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