Definition of dump verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dʌmp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʌmp//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dump
    BrE BrE//dʌmp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʌmp//
    he / she / it dumps
    BrE BrE//dʌmps//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʌmps//
    past simple dumped
    BrE BrE//dʌmpt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʌmpt//
    past participle dumped
    BrE BrE//dʌmpt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʌmpt//
    -ing form dumping
    BrE BrE//ˈdʌmpɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʌmpɪŋ//
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    get rid of
  1. 1  dump something to get rid of something you do not want, especially in a place which is not suitable Too much toxic waste is being dumped at sea. The dead body was just dumped by the roadside. Wordfinderdrain, dump, effluent, exhaust, fly-tip, incinerator, landfill, rubbish, sewage, waste
  2. 2dump somebody/something (on somebody) (informal) to get rid of somebody/something or leave them for somebody else to deal with He's got no right to keep dumping his problems on me.
  3. 3dump something (business) to get rid of goods by selling them at a very low price, often in another country
  4. put down
  5. 4dump something to put something down in a careless or untidy way Just dump your stuff over there—we'll sort it out later.
  6. end relationship
  7. 5dump somebody (informal) to end a romantic relationship with somebody Did you hear he's dumped his girlfriend? See related entries: Separation
  8. computing
  9. 6dump something to copy information and move it somewhere to store it
  10. Word OriginMiddle English: perhaps from Old Norse; related to Danish dumpe and Norwegian dumpa ‘fall suddenly’ (the original sense in English); in later use partly imitative; compare with thump.Extra examples He dumped the boxes down in the kitchen. The company had illegally dumped toxic waste. The waste is often simply dumped overboard. They carried him down to the beach and dumped him unceremoniously in the freezing water. dumping sewage at sea Any vessel dumping at sea without a licence will be prosecuted. Did you hear he’s dumped his girlfriend? Just dump your stuff over there—we’ll sort it out later. The dead body was dumped by the roadside.Idioms
    drop/dump something in somebody’s lap
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    (informal) to make something the responsibility of another person They dropped the problem firmly back in my lap.
    Phrasal Verbsdump on somebody
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