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

 

lump

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//lʌmp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//lʌmp//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lump
BrE BrE//lʌmp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//lʌmp//
 
he / she / it lumps
BrE BrE//lʌmps//
 
; NAmE NAmE//lʌmps//
 
past simple lumped
BrE BrE//lʌmpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//lʌmpt//
 
past participle lumped
BrE BrE//lʌmpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//lʌmpt//
 
-ing form lumping
BrE BrE//ˈlʌmpɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlʌmpɪŋ//
 
 
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  • lump A and B together | lump A (in) with B to put or consider different things together in the same group You can't lump all Asian languages together.
  • Word Originverb Middle English: perhaps from a Germanic base meaning ‘shapeless piece’; compare with Danish lump ‘lump’, Norwegian and Swedish dialect lump ‘block, log’, and Dutch lomp ‘rag’. lump it. late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘look sulky’): symbolic of displeasure; compare with words such as dump and grump. The current sense dates from the early 19th cent.Idioms (informal) to accept something unpleasant because there’s no other choice I'm sorry you're not happy about it but you'll just have to lump it. That's the situation—like it or lump it!
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lump