verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. dummy variable,
  2. dumont,
  3. dumont d'urville,
  4. dumont d'urville, jules sébastien césar,
  5. dumortierite,
  6. dump bin,
  7. dump on,
  8. dump orbit,
  9. dump scow,
  10. dump truck


    dump on (someone), Informal.
    1. to attack with verbal abuse; criticize harshly: Reporters never tired of dumping on certain public figures.
    2. to unload one's problems onto (another person): You never phone me without dumping on me.

Origin of dump

1250–1300; Middle English (in sense “to fall suddenly”) < Old Norse dumpa strike, bump; modern senses as transitive v. and noun (not known before 19th cent.) perhaps < another source, or independent expressive formation

Related formsdump·er, nounun·dumped, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for dump




to drop, fall, or let fall heavily or in a mass
(tr) to empty (objects or material) out of a container
to unload, empty, or make empty (a container), as by tilting or overturning
(tr) informal to dispose of
(tr) to dispose of (waste, esp radioactive nuclear waste) in the sea or on land
  1. to market (goods) in bulk and at low prices
  2. to offer for sale large quantities of (goods) on foreign markets at low prices in order to maintain a high price in the home market and obtain a share of the foreign markets
(tr) to store (supplies, arms, etc) temporarily
(intr) slang, mainly US to defecate
(tr) surfing (of a wave) to hurl a swimmer or surfer down
(tr) Australian and NZ to compact (bales of wool) by hydraulic pressure
(tr) computing to record (the contents of part or all of the memory) on a storage device, such as magnetic tape, at a series of points during a computer run


  1. a place or area where waste materials are dumped
  2. (in combination)rubbish dump
a pile or accumulation of rubbish
the act of dumping
informal a dirty or unkempt place
military a place where weapons, supplies, etc, are stored
slang, mainly US an act of defecation
See also dump on

Derived Formsdumper, noun

Word Origin for dump

C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian dumpa to fall suddenly, Middle Low German dumpeln to duck


obsolete a mournful song; lament

Word Origin for dump

C16: see damp

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