dump

verb
\ ˈdəmp How to pronounce dump (audio) \
dumped; dumping; dumps

Definition of dump

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to let (something) fall in or as if in a heap or mass He dumped his clothes on the bed. She dumped the contents of her purse on the table. also : to empty (a bag, box, etc.) so that its contents fall in or as if in a heap or mass She dumped her suitcase on the bed.
b : to get rid of (something or someone) in an abrupt and often casual or careless way I dumped the old coffee down the drain. The week before, someone dumped an old lounge chair in their yard.— Brad Schrade The problem got dumped into his lap. [=someone shifted responsibility for solving the problem to him] … sometimes … we'll dump the kids with my mother and go out …— John Sayles President Ford had included him on the 1976 ticket, dumping the incumbent vice president, Nelson Rockefeller.— Jay Nordlinger often, informal : to end a romantic relationship with (someone) He got dumped by his girlfriend.
c : jettison an airplane dumping gasoline
2 slang : to knock down : beat the man rushed out and dumped him— John Corry
3 : to sell in quantity at a very low price specifically : to sell abroad at less than the market price at home
4 : to copy (data in a computer's internal storage) to an external storage or output device
5a : to hit or throw short and softly dump a pass to a running back dump a bunt down the line
b : to hit (a puck) deep into the opponent's zone in ice hockey

intransitive verb

1 : to fall abruptly : plunge
2 : to dump refuse
dump on
: to treat disrespectfully especially : belittle, bad-mouth

dump

noun
plural dumps

Definition of dump (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an accumulation of refuse and discarded materials
b : a place where such materials are dumped
2a : a quantity of reserve materials accumulated at one place
b : a place where such materials are stored ammunition dump
3 : a disorderly, slovenly, or objectionable place
4 : the act of copying data from a computer's internal storage to an external storage or output device The output is a screen dump [=a transfer of the data displayed on a computer screen] to a dot matrix printer.— Maxine D. Brown
5 often vulgar : an act of defecation usually used with take

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Synonyms for dump

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of dump in a Sentence

Verb You can dump the coats on the bed. I dumped the coffee down the drain. The murderer dumped the body in the river. Noun We bring our trash to the town dump on Saturdays. all of the used packaging eventually ends up in the dump
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Celtics president of basketball operations sacrificed a first-round pick to reacquire Horford — and dump the salary of Kemba Walker — and the move could pay major dividends. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Oct. 2021 The county, which averages 120 inches of snow a year, also approved $480,000 for two snowplows/dump trucks and $810,000 for a snow blower. Phil Galewitz, USA TODAY, 9 Oct. 2021 Cristina Becchio formed a study where participants had to guess where a person was going to drink or dump a bottle of water. Womensmedia, Forbes, 2 Oct. 2021 The sitcom, which was co-created by Seinfeld and Larry David, premiered on NBC in July 1989—typically a month for networks to dump minor projects—and was only picked up originally for four episodes. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 1 Oct. 2021 By the time Sussmann met with the FBI, the bureau was already investigating a Russian hack-and-dump campaign aimed at damaging Clinton. Evan Perez, CNN, 30 Sep. 2021 Fans continue to whir in dank basements and dump trucks still make the rounds to haul away mildewed couches, squishy mattresses and now-useless electronics. CBS News, 23 Sep. 2021 Many found jobs as loaders, drivers, or machine operators, leasing their fields to mining companies to build factories, dump debris, or for use as storage yards. Anuradha Nagaraj, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Sep. 2021 Designers say there’s no reason to dump everything right away and rush to buy items simply to fill up space. Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Just four years later, Howard found himself being traded away in a salary dump. Tim Bontemps, chicagotribune.com, 21 June 2017 New York City is gradually transforming its largest trash dump, Fresh Kills on Staten Island, into a vast expanse of parkland and restored natural areas. Andres Viglucci, miamiherald, 15 June 2017 A colleague got him to shore, and flagged down a dump truck, which took Stewart to a hospital. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, 8 June 2017 The driver of the dump truck, which was registered to Harry Brown Trucking Inc., of Hebron, was not injured in the crash. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, 7 June 2017 The chemicals apparently had leached into the water from waste dumps, where the company disposed of the chemicals, ending in the 1970s. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, 6 June 2017 The latter came after Sandburg setter Connor Kelly put the Eagles on top with a dump and a block on consecutive plays. Logan Malloy, Daily Southtown, 30 May 2017 Three possessions later, Tapan put the public team up, 24-21, on a timely dump. Andrew J. Campa, Burbank Leader, 4 June 2017 A man paving a private driveway in Whiteford suffered life-threatening injuries when he was struck by a dump truck Tuesday afternoon, according to Harford County fire and EMS officials. David Anderson, The Aegis, 30 May 2017

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First Known Use of dump

Verb

1784, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1784, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dump

Verb

perhaps from Middle Dutch dompen to immerse, topple; akin to Old Norse dumpa to thump, fall suddenly

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14 Oct 2021

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“Dump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dump. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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dump

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dump

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to put (something) somewhere in a quick and careless way
: to leave or get rid of (something or someone) quickly or without concern
: to end a romantic relationship with (someone)

dump

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dump (Entry 2 of 2)

: a place where waste (such as trash) is taken and left
: a place where military supplies are stored
: a messy, dirty, and unpleasant place

dump

verb
\ ˈdəmp How to pronounce dump (audio) \
dumped; dumping

Kids Definition of dump

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to let fall in a heap He dumped his clothes on the bed.
2 : to get rid of You can't just dump trash anywhere.

dump

noun

Kids Definition of dump (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a place for getting rid of trash
2 : a place for storage of military materials or the materials stored an ammunition dump
3 : a messy or shabby place We lived in a dump back then.

dump

transitive verb

Legal Definition of dump

: to sell in quantity at a very low price specifically : to sell abroad at less than the market price at home

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