\ 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 In particular: Emotional Mike Foltynewicz appeared to let his shoulders slump after a fourth-inning run-scoring single by No. 8 hitter Elias Diaz. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 3 June 2021 About 30 seconds later, Garner began to slump toward the ground. CBS News, 20 May 2021 The thawing permafrost, which can heave or slump, has ruptured roads and exposed the macabre contents of old graves. Gloria Dickie, Scientific American, 18 May 2021 The Blazers’ slump a few weeks ago had a lot of reasons behind it, but the overarching issue was that Lillard wasn’t producing at his standard. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 11 May 2021 Several companies developing lidar technology for autonomous cars that recently went public by merging with SPACs have seen their share prices slump in recent months. Kevin Dowd, Forbes, 9 May 2021 Intel’s data-center business, which sells processors to cloud-computing giants to power their fast-growing services, saw its revenue slump 20% year over year—its worst drop on record. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2021 Cash payments for in-store purchases in Australia are forecast to slump from 8 per cent in 2020 to just 2 per cent in 2024, making Australia the fourth most cash averse country behind Sweden, Denmark and Hong Kong). David G.w. Birch, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 Last May, a group of about 20 people on a video conference call witnessed a 72-year-old man in his New York home suddenly slump from his chair; when witnesses called 911, police found he’d been fatally stabbed by his son. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The music industry has rebounded from a decade-long slump thanks to surging revenue from streaming services, and Vivendi has sought to squeeze more value from UMG -- especially after suffering declines in its advertising and publishing operations. Lucas Shaw, Fortune, 4 June 2021 Considering the fact that global demand for cars has bounced back from the pandemic slump, the automotive industry will probably suffer heavily from the shortage during the year. Forbes, 31 May 2021 As New York City reawakens from the deep slump set off by the sudden lockdown in March 2020, businesses of all sorts are reopening and hiring back workers, many of whom were laid off more than a year ago when the pandemic struck. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, 21 May 2021 Pastrnak, though steadily improving from a midseason slump, entered Thursday night’s game against the Rangers with five goals in his last 24 games., 6 May 2021 Earnings growth is being welcomed by investors who have had to justify high stock values as many companies continue to emerge from a pandemic slump. CBS News, 26 Apr. 2021 Earnings growth is being welcomed by investors who have had to justify high stock values as many companies continue to emerge from a pandemic slump. Arkansas Online, 26 Apr. 2021 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope continued his rebound from a brutal midseason slump, hitting six of 12 from three on his way to 29 points. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2021 Spieth emerged from a three-year slump with some inspiring performances this season capped by a win last week in San Antonio. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Apr. 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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The first known use of slump was circa 1677

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8 Jun 2021

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“Slump.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 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
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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