\ 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 Suspicion: Mayfield Road Officers responded to a report May 9 of a man slumped over in his vehicle near West Hill Drive. cleveland, "Unknown person convinces payroll coordinator to change direct deposit: Gates Mills Police Blotter," 15 May 2020 On Wednesday, a visit to Golden Gate Avenue and Hyde Street showed young dealers brazenly hawking their wares as a pathetic line of men stretching down the block sat slumped over on the sidewalk, clearly high out of their minds. Heather Knight,, "Another of the Tenderloin’s lost souls dies on the street as San Francisco dithers," 8 May 2020 Travel exports declined 45% from February, while imports slumped 64%. Time, "U.S. Trade Plummeted in March With Record Drop in Exports," 5 May 2020 The moment will always be associated with the image of a dejected Virginia fan slumped over the brick wall separating the fans from the field. Tyler James, Indianapolis Star, "Recounting Notre Dame football's wildest games of the last 30 years," 2 May 2020 Shares continued to slump, even after the biotech company moved quickly to dispute the findings of the World Health Organization study into the effectiveness of its anti-viral drug, remdesivir. NBC News, "Gilead stock falls after disappointing early trial results for highly anticipated coronavirus treatment," 17 Apr. 2020 Michael Buttram, 42, of Cheviot is accused of possessing drugs on April 3 when police said he was found slumped over the wheel of his vehicle. Chris Mayhew,, "Violating Ohio stay home order: Man shot at barbecue among 21 arrested in Hamilton County," 8 Apr. 2020 Alphabet, the parent company of Google, and Facebook, both noted coronavirus caused ad sales slump, but said usage of their services had risen dramatically. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "How Marco Polo botched its app upgrade and ended up with 1 star reviews," 2 May 2020 The booming tourism last slumped in 2010, following the BP oil spill that ravaged Alabama's Gulf Coast beaches. al, "Bushwackers and souvenirs: How Alabama’s beach businesses prepare for a surge of visitors," 1 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Many investors say the stock market’s trajectory suggests this year’s slump will be V-shaped—a best-case-scenario that reflects a sharp slowdown and then a quick economic recovery. Caitlin Mccabe, WSJ, "Corporate America Isn’t Betting On a V-Shaped Recovery," 13 May 2020 When the economy slides, graduate school applications typically rise, but the pandemic driving the current slump has halted international recruitment to the University of Texas at San Antonio and scared off some candidates from other states. Alia Malik,, "UT San Antonio will automatically admit higher-performing seniors to grad school," 12 May 2020 The best way to avoid lifeless looking hair and the seasonal slump this fall, is to do your hair. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "9 Fresh Ways To Style Curly Hair," 11 Nov. 2019 The disconnect between the stock market message of glad tidings to capitalists and the economy’s slump into the worst performance since the Great Depression is unmissable. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Stock Market Surge Isn’t as Crazy as It Seems," 30 Apr. 2020 That’s despite data showing an across-the-board slump in manufacturing, retail sales and investment in January and February, with all the numbers hitting historic lows., "China Banks Unexpectedly Keep Benchmark Loan Rate Unchanged," 29 Apr. 2020 Using this metric of volatility in their historical economic models, Stanford University economist Nick Bloom and his coauthors anticipate a slump that is larger and more prolonged than that predicted by virtually any other forecast. Ashoka Mody, National Review, "Europe’s Moment of Truth," 29 Apr. 2020 But as the world economy slumps and debt piles up, guns may lose out to butter. The Economist, "Global arms spending is rising, but covid-19 will trim budgets," 26 Apr. 2020 Full disclaimer: The Longhorns are getting better under Tom Herman after a woeful slump during the middle of the last decade. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "When it comes to producing NFL talent, the SEC still outpaces everyone, including the Big 12.," 26 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of slump was circa 1677

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20 May 2020

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“Slump.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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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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