verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to inflate.
- to increase, heighten, or strengthen; put more effort into or emphasis on; intensify: The store has decided to pump up its advertising.
- to infuse with enthusiasm, competitive spirit, energy, etc.: The contestants were all backstage pumping themselves up for their big moment.
- to increase government expenditure in an effort to stimulate the economy.
- to support or promote the operation or improvement of something.
Origin of pump1
Origin of pump2
Related Words for pumpdraw, drain, tap, supply, send, siphon, pour, inject, push, distend, force, dilate, swell, drive, elevate, draft, inflate, empty, grill, probe
Examples from the Web for pump
Contemporary Examples of pump
Some are homes and some are pump houses, and you can only tell the difference when you see human silhouettes scurry on rooftops.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
To accommodate patients getting chemotherapy at odd hours, Hrushesky used a pump that operated automatically.How Big Pharma Holds Back in the War on Cancer
April 23, 2014
Dylan, age 18, says his favorite pre-date ritual is to pump his ego.17 Terrible Pieces of Advice from ‘Seventeen’s’ Ultimate Guide to Guys
January 30, 2014
Xi will continue to walk tall on the world stage and to pump Chinese nationalism, especially against the old enemy, Japan.The Person of 2013 Is… Xi Jinping
December 31, 2013
We invented a trusted magical figure, turned him into a home wrecker, and pump those lyrics into the backseat all December long.How Santa Hurts Christmas
December 23, 2013
Historical Examples of pump
Do, some kind Christian, pump a stroke or two, just to wet my whistle.A Rill from the Town Pump (From "Twice Told Tales")
No—but it will make them exceedingly uncomfortable for a time—I'm going to pump them out.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
The pump was quite as much admired as the 'Jupiter,' and it proved as great a failure.Heroes of the Telegraph
There's not such a spring in England as the pump under the archway.The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
She put two and two together—the pump, the laugh, and Jane Cotton's Sam.Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
Word Origin for pump
Word Origin for pump
"apparatus for forcing liquid or air," early 15c., of uncertain origin, possibly from Middle Dutch pompe "water conduit, pipe," or Middle Low German pumpe "pump" (Modern German Pumpe), both from some North Sea sailors' word, possibly of imitative origin.
"low shoe without fasteners," 1550s, of unknown origin, perhaps echoic of the sound made when walking in them, or perhaps from Dutch pampoesje, from Javanese pampoes, of Arabic origin. Klein's sources propose a connection with pomp (n.). Related: pumps.
c.1500, from pump (n.1). Metaphoric extension in pump (someone) for information is from 1630s. To pump iron "lift weights for fitness" is from 1972. Related: Pumped; pumping.