to drop or let fall in a mass; fling down or drop heavily or suddenly: Dump the topsoil here.
to empty out, as from a container, by tilting or overturning.
to unload or empty out (a container), as by tilting or overturning.
to dismiss, fire, or release from a contract: The first baseman was dumped from the team after hitting .210 for the first half of the season.
Informal. to end a relationship with (someone, especially a romantic partner), especially when the decision is one-sided: I can’t believe she waited until just after Valentine’s Day to dump me.
to transfer or rid oneself of suddenly and irresponsibly: Don't dump your troubles on me!
to knock down: The champion was dumped twice but won the fight.
to lose (a match) intentionally: a bribe to dump a fight.
to put (goods or securities) on the market in large quantities and at a low price without regard to the effect on market conditions.
to sell (goods) into foreign markets below cost in order to promote exports or damage foreign competition.
Computers. to print, display, or record on an output medium (the contents of a computer's internal storage or the contents of a file), often at the time a program fails.
Slang. to kill; murder: There were threats to dump him if he didn't pay up.
to fall or drop down suddenly.
to throw away or discard garbage, refuse, etc.
to offer goods for sale in large quantities at a low price.
to dump below-cost goods into foreign markets.
to release contents: a sewage pipe that dumps in the ocean.
Informal. to complain, criticize, gossip, or tell another person one's problems: He calls me up just to dump.
Slang: Vulgar. defecate (def. 1).
an accumulation of discarded garbage, refuse, etc.
a collection of ammunition, stores, etc., deposited at some point, as near a battlefront, for distribution.
the ammunition, stores, etc., so deposited.
the act of dumping.
a runway or embankment equipped with tripping devices, from which low-grade ore, rock, etc., are dumped.
the pile of ore so dumped.
Informal. a place, house, or town that is dilapidated, dirty, or disreputable.
(in merchandising) a bin or specially made carton in which items are displayed for sale: Fifty copies of the best-selling paperback novel were in a dump near the checkout counter.
Computers. a copy of the contents of a computer's internal storage or of the contents of a file at a given instant, that is printed, displayed, or stored on an output medium.
Slang: Vulgar. an act of defecating; evacuation: This photo is fantastic, except for the dog you can see taking a dump in the background.
Idioms about dump
dump on (someone), Informal.
to treat with disrespect, especially to criticize harshly or attack with verbal abuse: Reporters never tired of dumping on certain public figures.
to unload one's problems onto (another person): You never phone me without dumping on me.
- dump·er, noun
- un·dumped, adjective
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How to use dump in a sentence
With the presidential election just 36 days away, the possibility of another distracting dump of hacked information looms large.Why security experts are braced for the next election hack-and-leak | Bobbie Johnson | September 29, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Food prices are sky-high while energy prices are in the dumps.Investors look to buck a four-week losing streak, sending global stocks higher | Bernhard Warner | September 28, 2020 | Fortune
I was supposed to meet a friend to play at a dump site together.The police officer who turned forensic archaeologist to find thousands of Zimbabwe’s hidden dead | Keith Silika | September 18, 2020 | Quartz
I was a fledgling junk collector, sent out to prod garbage dumps for lost treasures.
First, the mining-waste dumps and landfills in these areas are full of materials that are ripe for retrieval, which provides an extra incentive to clean up the environment there.Europe relies on foreign raw materials to power its green and digital future. Now it wants to mine them at home | David Meyer | September 3, 2020 | Fortune
The mass dump suggests that whoever did this, their primary motivation was to embarrass Sony Pictures.
They had a comic book section, and I would bring all the change I collected from the week and dump it on the comic book stand.
And the willingness to dump on British women in the name of Sharia law is a rot that runs up and down the length of society.
However, her popularity is waning as the big 3-0 approaches, so Garfield decides to dump her at an antique furniture store.'BoJack Horseman': The Debauched Tales of a Drunken, Groupie-Sexing D-List Horse, Hits Netflix | Marlow Stern | August 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As he stepped on the curb, two guys in a dump truck started honking their horn.
The girls looked down, and with a glad cry of surprise Jess recognized a dump at the foot of the hill.The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
And there, I give you my word, three High-Pocketses were busy carrying galleys from the type-dump to the proof-press.Nine Men in Time | Noel Miller Loomis
And as fast as they could carry a galley of type from the dump, another galley would just materialize there.Nine Men in Time | Noel Miller Loomis
Jess had found a tin cup in the dump, and fastened on a wooden handle with a bit of wire.The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
"dump her in here, ole-timer," cried Bud, holding out the frying pan emptied of all but grease.Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for dump (1 of 2)
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
to market (goods) in bulk and at low prices
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
a place or area where waste materials are dumped
(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
- dumper, noun
British Dictionary definitions for dump (2 of 2)
obsolete a mournful song; lament
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