Definition of dump in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəmp/


1A site for depositing garbage.
Example sentences
  • Putting a halting site beside a dump was unfair in the first place.
  • Most of the taxis outside the entrance doors look as if they were salvaged from a rubbish dump, and the Air-Conditioning is usually long gone.
  • Some harbour board members fear that it will be in the area of the Deep Water Quay, coming through the site of the old dump.
transfer station, garbage dump, landfill (site), rubbish heap, dumping ground;
dustheap, slag heap
1.1 [usually with modifier] A place where a particular kind of waste, especially dangerous waste, is left: a nuclear waste dump
More example sentences
  • Is it likely that Australia's going to need a high level waste dump as well?
  • Let me tell you, there's a reason that the mutant monsters in horror films generally come from one of two places, a nuclear waste dump or a sewer.
  • Some MPs also support a nuclear waste dump in the State.
1.2A place where weapons and other military equipment is stored: an ammunitions dump
More example sentences
  • Royal Marines sweeping the mountains have discovered a significant arms dump in a cave complex.
  • There are no rail or road nets to attack, no ammunition dumps to bomb, no bridges to knock out.
  • Military police had to stop them several times as ammunition dumps were blown to prevent capture.
1.3A heap of garbage left at a dump.
Example sentences
  • The sons bring in some additional income, by looking for scrap metal on rubbish tips and scrap heaps or by digging coal from waste dumps and spoil heaps.
1.4 informal An unpleasant or dreary place: she says the town has become a dump
More example sentences
  • Ricky was the manager, or boss, of this dump of a convenient store.
  • Someday, she'd own her own store but until then she was stuck working in this dump.
  • I refrain from saying anything but I'm surprised anyone could be protective of this dump.
hovel, shack, slum;
hole, pigsty
1.5 informal An act of defecation.
Example sentences
  • They stage stunts in which, in but one example, they take a dump in a toilet on display in a hardware store.
  • I sure don't want to lug my computer into the bathroom while I take a dump and read…
  • Or is that just for us regular folk who don't drink champagne for breakfast and take dumps on solid gold toilets?
2 Computing A copying of stored data to a different location, performed typically as a protection against loss.
Example sentences
  • Attempts to track keystrokes and transfer graphics buffer memory contents are bypassed, he said, and it will be a lot more difficult to find critical data from main memory dumps.
  • Sure, they don't do physical memory dumps (and as such don't allow you do undo things that were only performed in memory in the first place), but that's what Hibernate is for.
  • The idea is that eventually we'll max out the AI's storage space, forcing it to do a memory dump.
2.1A printout or list of the contents of a computer’s memory, occurring typically after a system failure.
Example sentences
  • It is worth noting that IMAP is a text-based protocol, so a simple ASCII dump of the packet contents is an appropriate way to show them.
  • Trouble is, the raw dump consists entirely of memory addresses.
  • Instead of file system dumps, this data set contained specific file system information such as changed files, inode information, and important log files.


[with object]
1Deposit or dispose of (garbage, waste, or unwanted material), typically in a careless or hurried way: trucks dumped 1,900 tons of refuse here [no object]: an attempt to prevent people from dumping on vacant lots
More example sentences
  • They are being used by many, but a lot more recyclable materials are being dumped or disposed of because of a lack of effort.
  • It is illegal to dump any waste material at sea and all vessels will have to log and land their waste on returning from sea.
  • Every time someone dumps their rubbish or unwanted furniture here, we have to sort it out.
dispose of, get rid of, throw away/out, discard, jettison
informal ditch, junk, deep-six
1.1Put down or abandon (something) hurriedly in order to make an escape: the couple dumped the car and fled
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  • They made their escape before dumping the car at Claire Road industrial estate in Kirby.
  • Nationally, 310,000 cars were dumped and abandoned - up 37 per cent.
  • They are putting bags into the boots of cars and dumping them, under cover of darkness on the sides of roads, river banks or in derelict or unused areas.
1.2Put (something) down firmly or heavily and carelessly: she dumped her knapsack on the floor
More example sentences
  • ‘Make yourselves comfortable,’ said Raphael as he dumped his bag carelessly on the sofa.
  • She carelessly dumped her books and pens on the table and, aggravated, slumped into the expensive chair.
  • She walked over in a rush to her table, and dumped her bag heavily on the floor next to her.
put down, set down, deposit, place, unload;
drop, throw down
informal park, plonk (down), plunk (down)
1.3 informal Abandon or desert (someone): his girlfriend dumped him for being fat
More example sentences
  • When her boyfriend dumps her, you are secretly delighted.
  • If my boyfriend dumps me, I'm only picking up a block of tofu if I can throw it at his head.
  • He'd been really lax since his girlfriend dumped him.
abandon, desert, leave, jilt, break up with, finish with, throw over
informal walk out on, rat on, drop, ditch, unfriend, defriend
1.4Send (goods unsalable in the home market) to a foreign market for sale at a low price: other countries dump steel in the US at below-market prices
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  • These foreign companies dump into the developing markets what actually is not doing well in their own home markets.
  • Foreign firms would dump their products on the U.S. market to drive their U.S. competitors out of business.
  • But Japanese and American manufacturers charge both Korean companies with dumping D-Ram chips on the world market.
1.5 informal Sell off (assets) rapidly: investors dumped shares in scores of other consumer-goods firms
More example sentences
  • Investors dumped the shares in August after it revealed a-close-to $20m revenue miss.
  • Jittery investors dumped it as a result, sending its shares down 5.6 per cent.
  • They dumped those shares four years ago after what it calls a pattern of labor problems.
2 Computing Copy (stored data) to a different location, especially so as to protect against loss.
Example sentences
  • After a set amount of time, if power is not yet restored, the system will dump data from the cache to the attached RAID systems.
  • It will do this automatically, and its data will be dumped onto a public website where anyone can access it.
  • Now's your chance to dump some of those really large cached files.
2.1Print out or list the contents of (a store), especially after a system failure.
Example sentences
  • The last parameters mean the filesystem should not be dumped and checked in the second order.
3 American Football Tackle (a quarterback) before he can throw a pass.
Example sentences
  • Simon Howard, dumped in a barely legal tackle, had to play on despite neck muscle and facial injuries, but still gave an outstanding performance.

Phrasal verbs

dump on

North American informal Criticize or abuse (someone); treat badly: you get dumped on just because of your name
More example sentences
  • Would you blatantly bash anyone the way you dump on yourself?
  • Anyway, I apologize if I was dumping on Comic Book Resources.
  • I just want to say one thing, Larry, about the stewardess who has been dumped on tonight.


Middle 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.

Words that rhyme with dump

bump, chump, clump, crump, flump, frump, gazump, grump, jump, lump, outjump, plump, pump, rump, scrump, slump, stump, sump, thump, trump, tump, ump, whump

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