I UK [pʌmp] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "pump":
singular pump plural pumps
1) a piece of equipment for making a liquid or gas move into or out of something

an air/a fuel pump

a hand/foot pump (= operated with your hand or foot)

2) [usually plural] British a shoe made of strong cloth, worn by children for doing sports at school
a) British a flat shoe that does not fasten and is worn for dancing
b) mainly American a plain type of woman's shoe that has a heel and does not fasten
c) a shiny type of man's shoe that does not fasten and is worn for formal occasions
3) the act or process of pumping something

the pump of blood around his body

II UK [pʌmp] / US verb
Word forms "pump":
present tense I/you/we/they pump he/she/it pumps present participle pumping past tense pumped past participle pumped
a) [transitive] physics to make liquid or gas move into or out of something, especially by using a pump

Pumping water uphill is difficult and expensive.

Poisonous gases are pumped into the atmosphere every day.

b) [intransitive] if a liquid pumps from somewhere, a lot of it comes out in quick regular movements

Blood was pumping from a wound in his arm.

a) [transitive] to push something up and down with an action like pumping

Liz pumped the accelerator and tried to start the car.

b) [intransitive] to move with an action like that of a pump

Her heart was pumping fast.

3) [transitive] informal to try to get information from someone
Phrasal verbs:

English dictionary. 2014.


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