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Definition of stump verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stump
    he / she / it stumps
    past simple stumped
    -ing form stumping
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  1. 1[transitive, usually passive] stump somebody (informal) to ask someone a question that is too difficult for them to answer, or give them a problem that they cannot solve synonym baffle I'm stumped. I don't know how they got here before us. Farmers are aware of the problem but are stumped by what to do about it. Kate was stumped for words (= unable to answer).
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] + adv./prep. stump something to travel around making political speeches, especially before an election He stumped around the country trying to build up support.
  3. 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. to walk in a noisy, heavy way, especially because you are angry or upset synonym stomp He stumped off, muttering under his breath.
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