Main definitions of pump in English

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pump1

Pronunciation /pəmp/

noun

  • 1A mechanical device using suction or pressure to raise or move liquids, compress gases, or force air into inflatable objects such as tires.

    ‘a gas pump’
    1. 1.1in singular An instance of moving something by or as if by a pump.
      ‘the pump of blood to her heart’
  • 2Physiology
    with modifier An active transport mechanism in living cells by which specific ions are moved through the cell membrane against a concentration gradient.

    ‘the bacterium's sodium pump’
  • 3US A pump-action shotgun.

    ‘the shotgun was a 12-gauge pump’

verb

  • 1with adverbial of direction Force (liquid, gas, etc.) to move by or as if by means of a pump.

    ‘the blood is pumped around the body’
    no object ‘if we pump long enough, we should bring the level up’
    • ‘Last month an elderly Mayo couple were left homeless when fire fighters were forced to pump water from a nearby river after their house caught fire in the middle of the night.’
    • ‘In the end, the fire brigade were forced to pump water from a nearby river.’
    • ‘If we were to stop pumping greenhouse gases into the air, the earth would not recognize that it is able to dictate policy.’
    • ‘The Coalbrookdale Company had smelted its last iron in the area by 1821, and that year had dismantled the Resolution steam engine that pumped water up the dale to power the furnace bellows.’
    • ‘In operation, water is pumped from the engine to the top tank, where it spreads over the tops of the tubes.’
    • ‘Where no cut-off switches in the boreholes exist, this results in a combination of air and water being pumped to the reservoirs.’
    • ‘He used the steam engine to pump water out of mines.’
    • ‘We were trying to pump enough water away for people just to get out of their houses.’
    • ‘I hate pumping my own gas and I hate checking the oil and water.’
    • ‘I remember when you casually mentioned to the attendant who pumped your gas that you were moving downtown, and he started to cry.’
    • ‘The gas is pumped in at high-pressure, so it pushes down on the liquid product with a good amount of force.’
    • ‘I hope people reading the book might think twice about the circumstances of the man who pumps their gas or the cashier who rings up their groceries.’
    • ‘This is done of course to protect the life of the president; apparently the lives of ordinary Americans pumping gas or loading their groceries do not warrant the same protection.’
    • ‘He actually had a job pumping gas (with a pay rate that didn't nearly cover the cost of the average bachelor apartment) so he was staying at the homeless shelter.’
    • ‘He was pumping gas at a Sunoco station in Manassas, Virginia.’
    • ‘The jailed men want Shell to build the gas refinery offshore because they fear that pumping unrefined gas past their homes will lead to a health and safety risk.’
    • ‘He came out to the car and visited through the window while he pumped my gas.’
    • ‘As anyone who has pumped gas knows, the higher the octane of fuel the higher the price.’
    • ‘Already there are ads on small screens that jabber at you while you pump your gas, while you use your ATM machine and while you wait in the supermarket line.’
    • ‘He was pumping gas through the vent into my room.’
    force, drive, push, send, transport, raise, inject
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    1. 1.1no object, with adverbial of direction Move in spurts as though driven by a pump.
      ‘blood was pumping from a wound in his shoulder’
      • ‘There's nothing like 'em for getting the blood pumping and feeling that surge of collective energy.’
      • ‘The scene is still vivid in my memory - I was mesmerised, I could feel my heart pumping and the adrenalin flow.’
      • ‘The adrenaline was circulating, surging and pumping in the heat of the moment.’
      • ‘He looked terrible, armour torn and mangled while blood pumped from numerous wounds around his body.’
      • ‘Blood pumped out of her wounds and sluggishly oozed down her body.’
      • ‘I struggled then, adrenaline suddenly pumping through my already rushing blood.’
      • ‘My heart rate increases, my blood pumps faster and the adrenaline begins to surge.’
      • ‘Becca and I began to climb down, our veins pumping with the adrenaline rush of not only conquering the rigging, but in a storm, to help someone, and the captain at that.’
      • ‘With her adrenaline pumping, Mac rushed with all her energy and capability towards the elevator doors.’
      • ‘He ran a hand through his hair, the rush of adrenalin still pumping though him, then he sighed.’
      • ‘His nerves were jumping out his system, the adrenaline pumping and flowing like mad.’
      • ‘The rush of adrenalin pumped through her veins, and Ashlyn raced toward Winnie and Rey's room.’
      • ‘Shock reigned for a few seconds, then heat surged, pumped through veins, and I responded.’
      • ‘When Harry's turned on, his adrenaline flows and the endorphins pump, and he feels alive instead of dead.’
      • ‘Nice little rush to get the blood pumping and get everybody in the proper mindset of combat.’
      • ‘The adrenaline rush took her on it's own course and she could feel the blood pumping in her ears.’
      • ‘The reduced venous pressure reduces the return flow of blood into the heart, so the blood pumped out of the heart is correspondingly reduced.’
      • ‘Adrenaline pumped through her blood as a dizzying rush of vertigo overcame her from looking down upon the streets far below.’
      • ‘But when the adrenaline is pumping to your brain, the hot, sticky blood coursing through your veins, who could resist?’
      • ‘This is because your body has adjusted to the constant stream of alcohol pumping through your system.’
      spurt, spout, squirt, jet, surge, spew, gush, stream, flow, flood, pour, spill, rush, well, cascade, run, course, discharge
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  • 2with object Draw (milk) from the breast using a breast pump, typically in order to feed a baby by means of a bottle.

    ‘she struggled with pumping enough milk’
    no object ‘I've exclusively pumped for my youngest’
    • ‘The mothers sat on opposite benches, chatting as they pumped milk for their babies.’
    • ‘She was pumping milk at Heathrow Airport ahead of a long flight.’
    • ‘They were most comfortable pumping breastmilk in their own homes due to the increased privacy.’
    • ‘While I managed to pump for a few months, I didn't produce enough to give him only breast milk.’
    • ‘I am also a working mother and find it difficult to pump at work, even though my colleagues are supportive.’
    • ‘She was given a private place to pump milk at work.’
    • ‘As a mom who is breastfeeding, I need to pump for my daughter.’
    • ‘She would need to pump breastmilk at least four times a day while she was away in order to maintain her supply.’
    • ‘Do you know how many mothers, myself included, have had to pump for hours?’
    • ‘If you plan to pump and feed with bottles you'll definitely need a bottle brush and drying rack.’
  • 3Fill (something such as a tire or balloon) with liquid or gas using a pump.

    ‘I fetched the bike and pumped up the back tire’
    ‘my veins had been pumped full of glucose’
    • ‘At times, when I was lying on my hospital bed being pumped full of chemotherapy drugs that made me as sick as a dog and caused my hair to fall out, I used to close my eyes and dream I was somewhere else.’
    • ‘He seemed puffy, like he'd been pumped full of embalming fluid.’
    • ‘Surely they deserve more than to be pumped full of drugs, just to ensure that our overstretched military forces can continue to support the whims of politicians.’
    • ‘Gemma had been pumped full of drugs all this time, so she needed time for her body to get back to normal.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, he spent the holiday period, in agony, pumped full of painkillers, playing to over 6,000 people.’
    • ‘Glen says mass-farmed animals are pumped full of antibiotics to ward off potential diseases they may spread, due to their living in such close proximity to one another.’
    • ‘Even for a devoted carnivore, you'd like to eat meat that's not been pumped full of antibiotics, steroids, and hormones.’
    • ‘The millisecond he stood up, he would be pumped full of steel.’
    • ‘Hopefully it was only because of the drugs I had been pumped full of.’
    • ‘Most farmed animals are now crowded in sheds with dirty conditions and pumped full of drugs so they lead sad and unnatural lives.’
    • ‘Enough generations of children have already been pumped full of these types of prejudices.’
    • ‘‘Standard’ bacon is pumped full of salt water during the curing process.’
    • ‘The idea that farmed salmon are pumped full of chemicals is an urban myth.’
    • ‘The pair arrived at the doctor's surgery and within minutes Kirsty was in an ambulance on the way to Christchurch hospital, where she was pumped full of antibiotics.’
    • ‘I couldn't see to read it, I wouldn't have understood it anyway, I was pumped full of morphine. I just held on to it for dear life.’
    • ‘He was still pumped full of rage but he also shocked and confused.’
    • ‘I was pumped full of steroids intravenously and was in hospital for over two weeks.’
    • ‘America is hungry… for food that is not drenched in pesticides, pumped full of antibiotics and covered with sealing wax.’
    • ‘Soon I was on the table with an IV in my arm, pumped full of powerful narcotics, and ready to be probed by the ship manned by the hospital staff.’
    • ‘I went home so pumped full of steroids that I literally went without sleep for nearly three weeks.’
    inflate, blow up
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    1. 3.1informal Shoot (bullets) into (a target)
      ‘he pumped two shots into the van's front tire’
      • ‘Having cornered him and pinned him to the ground they pumped five bullets into his head at close range.’
      • ‘I watched as Alexandria pumped three bullets into Rafael's chest, and I saw him go down.’
      • ‘Handguns can pump bullets quickly and accurately, and rifles are likewise lighter, easier to use, and faster to reload.’
      • ‘And in 1995, he petrified holidaymakers by pumping a volley of bullets into the air outside a disco in the Caribbean resort of Cartagena.’
      • ‘As he rounded a corner, seven gunmen opened fire, pumping the car and driver full of bullet holes.’
  • 4Move vigorously up and down.

    with object ‘we had to pump the handle like mad’
    no object ‘that's superb running—look at his legs pumping’
    • ‘Ju had his left hand on the dome, hair standing on end as Ernie pumped the handle like fury.’
    • ‘He pumped the handles of slot machines and bet feverishly on the roulette wheel.’
    • ‘Then they pumped a handle on the press that squeezed the water out of the cylinder and formed tightly-packed disks.’
    • ‘In the faint light we rose and sang hymns, accompanied by the organist sitting comfortably on the floor and using his right leg to pump the harmonium.’
    • ‘His rough left hand turned the handle on the pitch black pot while his right hand pumped a small bellows to encourage the fire.’
    1. 4.1Apply and release (a brake pedal or lever) several times in quick succession, typically to prevent skidding.
      ‘the school teaches its students to brake by pumping the pedal’
      • ‘Only some feral instinct keeps you pumping the brake pedal and steering into the skid, so that you slide instead of spin.’
      • ‘Details are still emerging, but it looks like he tried to pump his brake pedal, but instead found his accelerator pedal.’
      • ‘I find that it helps to pump the rear brake lightly and quickly.’
      • ‘Mr. Wehrman was pumping the gas pedal, an irritated expression on his face, holding the key in the ignition.’
      • ‘Emlyn held the white bowl carefully with one hand, and, using all the strength in her other, pumped the lever until water began to stream out of the hole to her right.’
    2. 4.2Baseball Move one's arm as if throwing a ball held in the hand, but without releasing the ball.
      in combination ‘behind the plate Howard double-pumped, then threw to second’
      • ‘If you pump fake the ball, you may actually see players downfield take a step toward where the throw would have gone.’
  • 5informal Try to elicit information from (someone) by persistent questioning.

    ‘she began to pump her friend for details’
    • ‘Anyway, our tutor, who believes we are all on the simple side, favours questions with easy and obvious answers and was pumping us for information on Louis XVI.’
    • ‘The authorities didn't know at this stage of his movements overseas but they were keen to pump him for information on the prayer room, which was now under close surveillance.’
    • ‘After they had pumped me dry of information, the CIC people let me go.’
    • ‘They asked Scott's friends to make certain calls to him and pump him for information, basically.’
    • ‘Connie tried pumping her for information on what Hardwick wanted, but she evaded the questions so skillfully that Connie realized she was in a different league.’
    • ‘My own father was pumping me dry for information!’
    • ‘He was standing in the driveway talking to Chris and looking at his car, probably pumping him for information about where they were going and what they were doing.’
    • ‘She'd been pumping me for information about Brad all week.’
    • ‘Elise was playing dumb, pumping her father for information.’
    • ‘Then James wouldn't think she was pumping him for information.’
    • ‘So why did he get the impression she was pumping him for information?’
    • ‘What she saw was a very clever ploy to pump her for information.’
    • ‘Or was it because Alan had been lying, and he was trying to pump her for information about it?’
    • ‘He'd rather play something else but if that's what it took to pump Adam for information he'd do it.’
    • ‘They might try to pump him for information vital to the war effort, and that was never good.’
    • ‘We have pumped him for all the information he has.’
    • ‘Having never had the pleasure of eating out at Est Est Est, I pumped my good friend Alison from Edinburgh for information.’
    • ‘They'll pump him, try to get as much information out of him as possible.’
    • ‘Suffice it to say that after more than an hour of pumping the poor guy like a mostly-empty keg, by the time dessert was served, I had names.’
    • ‘Charges hadn't even been filed, yet there I was stalking her street, putting on a concerned, serious face as I pumped her neighbors for tips.’
    ask, question, question intensely, question persistently, quiz, interrogate, probe, put questions to, sound out, cross-examine, catechize
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Phrases

    pump someone's hand
    • Shake a person's hand vigorously.

      ‘he greeted us with delight, pumping our hands and laughing’
      • ‘He pumped my hand vigorously and could barely stammer out his name.’
      • ‘He pumped my hand vigorously, his devilish eyes radiating excitement.’
      • ‘The man beams, then reaches out and pumps my hand enthusiastically.’
      • ‘The Marine kept pumping his hand, saying, ‘You're lucky to have that one - she can take care of herself!’’
      • ‘‘You keep that camera out and we're gonna have some fun boy!’ he greeted us like old friends, pumping my hand with startling vigour for an octogenarian invalid.’
      • ‘‘Ellie Johansen,’ I managed to say, as he pumped my hand professionally.’
      • ‘He was a little weightlifter looking guy who pumped my hand like he was milking it.’
      • ‘The boy answered as he pumped his hand energetically.’
      • ‘An enthusiastic supporter pumped his hand and spewed out some of his own conclusions.’
      • ‘Trying desperately to make her way toward Gil, she found herself surrounded by well-wishers who touched her, congratulated her, thanked her, and pumped her hand until she thought her arm would fall off.’
    pump iron
    informal
    • Exercise with weights.

      ‘she spent her time jogging and pumping iron’
      • ‘I don't believe in lifting weights, or pumping iron.’
      • ‘I do regular workouts including cardiovascular exercise and pumping iron.’
      • ‘She's sweated it out in a gym stuffed with infomercial gizmos while traveling in Morocco, pumped iron on homemade weight training equipment in Zimbabwe and run up and down more than her fair share of crumbling motel basement stairways.’
      • ‘I changed positions, and they had me in the weight room every day, pumping iron and drinking this nutrient to gain weight.’
      • ‘Keith began pumping iron in high school and has continued to hit the weights even at his current heights of success.’
      • ‘Interestingly, fitness exercise this time was not confined to pumping iron inside the gym.’
      • ‘While he pumps iron to improve his physique, Woods is a renowned couch potato, who likes nothing better than to lounge about with the remote control at his fingertips.’
      • ‘Living in the city now, he goes to a gymnasium and pumps iron every morning.’
      • ‘But it wasn't just the young and happening who gave up breakfast for pumping iron followed by a decaf, unsweetened cup of coffee with a dash of soya milk, the health wave affected everyone from teenagers to people in their sixties.’
      • ‘For today's media-literate, sophisticated children, pumping iron on a futuristic bench press is clearly more appealing than crouching in a draughty hall pretending to be a little acorn.’

Phrasal Verbs

    pump something in/into
    informal
    • Invest a large amount of money in (something)

      ‘he pumped all his savings into building the boat’
      • ‘The Government is setting totally unrealistic targets and not pumping the money in.’
      • ‘The site was owned by Waterford City Council, which will pump the money back into urban renewal programmes in the city, making it an even more attractive investment location.’
      • ‘Addressing a meeting of the Coalfield Communities Campaign at the Labour conference, Mr Wilson defended his decision to pump enough money into the struggling pit in order to help to find a new owner.’
      • ‘As more and more parents put their kids in private school or homeschool them, the government will have an even bigger excuse to pump less money into the beleaguered public school system.’
      • ‘The Kennedy never has completely recovered, although, unlike The Boat, its owner eventually did pump some money into it.’
      • ‘One day, a lobbyist will get enough money and pump enough money into somebody's campaign, and that will be that.’
      • ‘Bradford Council will not pump any money into Bradford City Football’
      • ‘I'm guessing it means someone's going to pump a little money into the operation, maybe putting out a few more issues, trying to promote a brand-name that can be exploited for movies or videogames or other venues.’
      • ‘The road network cannot cope with increasing traffic, no matter how much money is pumped in.’
      • ‘The only problem with this scenario is that unless someone pumps some money into the company soon, it will simply run out of cash and have to cease trading.’
      • ‘US corporations are not pumping their money into hiring full-time employees who earn a livable wage, receive health care benefits and get defined retirement pensions.’
      • ‘Several foreign fund managers said they were taking profits in Singapore and pumping the money into markets that had been lagging behind, such as Malaysia.’
      • ‘Such an upbeat prediction will be warmly welcomed by home owners across Scotland as many have shied away from investing in the stock market and opted instead to pump their savings into property.’
      • ‘There should be no excuse for failure because colossal sums of money and other resources have been pumped into the Authority.’
      • ‘The bulk of the money will be pumped into restoring the village's Glebe garden, but cash will also be dished out to pay for hanging baskets and other floral projects.’
      • ‘But the figures were immediately seized upon by critics of the service as unexceptional given how much money has been pumped into the venture.’
      • ‘I asked Chief Bernard, because I'd heard some residents express concern about how much money had been pumped into the Centre.’
      • ‘It's envisaged the additional money will be pumped into better health and education programmes, with special priority for the HIV aids crisis in Africa.’
      • ‘Probably three times as much money was pumped into the venture industry than should have been.’
      • ‘However much money is pumped into building stadiums, employing professional administrators and coaches, the collapses will continue unless domestic tournaments are properly organized and games played on the best pitches.’
    pump someone up
    informal
    • Make (someone) enthusiastic or excited.

      ‘he gave a motivational speech to the players to pump them up before a big game’
    pump something out
    • Produce or emit (something) in large quantities or amounts.

      ‘that little printing press pumped out our brochures for more than twenty years’
      • ‘People like to hear stuff that sounds familiar to them and the North American music industry loves to keep pumping it out.’
      • ‘A generation ago, cheap daytime soaps were pumped out to fill the gaps between ads for domestic cleaning products and provide some moving wallpaper for tranquillised housewives.’
      • ‘‘Pollutants were pumped out by the dark satanic mills and we had a century and a half of that,’ he said.’
      • ‘That's why no matter how many love-against-all-odds-under-Nazi-occupation epics are pumped out in time for Oscar consideration, we eat 'em up, especially when they are as beautifully photographed and paced as Zelary.’
      • ‘And I kind of - after a while, I mean, I did 14 movies in six years, which is more than two a year, and just kind of pumping them out.’
      • ‘I haven't heard any of their post-major label work, but it appears they were pumping it out in spades until recently.’
      • ‘The manufacturer, Roche, is pumping it out at full pelt, but global demand has gone berserk.’
      • ‘And the studios really want to seize on that momentum and pump those DVDs out as fast as they can when they're still in the forefront of people's minds.’
      • ‘But a great deal of the fleeing capital was earned then and there: Exports were pumped out at a much higher rate than imports were purchased.’
      • ‘Other potters move on to vases, abstract sculptures, maybe even attempt a bust, but Ron just stays the course pumping out ashtray after ashtray.’
    pump something up
    • 1informal Increase.

      ‘she needs to read and pump up her political grip’
      • ‘These preparers are more likely to illegally pump up your refund to increase their profits.’
      • ‘By the way, this part of OCZ's activity starts looking more and more attractive, because it allows increasing the system performance significantly without pumping up the working frequencies and voltages.’
      • ‘In so doing, these writers further increase the girth of their text, pump up the load on their servers, and ensure that the race against mouthfuls of extraneous words will continue until they run out of time.’
      • ‘But because of politicians who use the military to pump up corporate profits instead of defending us, that was a long time ago.’
      • ‘Innocent people were being harmed because of the hysteria that was pumped up by the government for its own political purposes.’
      1. 1.1Turn up the volume of (music)
        ‘let's pump up those tunes, man’
        • ‘He never even steps into the mela but instead parks his motor at the entrance and pumps the music up loud.’
        • ‘Seems that the music is pumped up so loudly in the mix than it drowns out everything, and since this is a movie where people speak way too softly, lots of dialogue and double crossing plot machinations are missed.’
        • ‘Yet somehow the movie does have fans, and, bless them, at least they can pump the music up with this release.’
        • ‘Got home, put the disk in the real stereo, pumped it up as high as it would go, and I listened to the last movement four times in a row, just to wait for the moment when That Melody rolled out.’
      2. 1.2Give inappropriate support and encouragement to.
        ‘we let them pump up our egos’
        • ‘On the contrary, he actively encouraged Hawks to pump up the action whilst fighting the Hays Office tooth and nail over every cut proposed.’
        • ‘Though he was in trade sales, he really moved the retail way by encouraging secondary sales to pump up primary trade sales.’
        • ‘Those who really know don't have to get their egos pumped up by leaking to the press.’
        • ‘All that is needed is literacy, but Bloom and his cohorts wish to pump up their own egos by maintaining that the general public needs more.’
        • ‘The more we broadcast his work, the more we pump up his ego and the more he kills.’
        • ‘It pumps up your ego, makes you feel a part of something big, beyond your horizon.’
        • ‘After three weeks, however, she had grown tired of the Tinseltown value system which pumps up star egos with flowers, champagne and enormous Winnebagos while refusing to pay for a single rehearsal.’
        • ‘Fashion as an industry is neither self-indulgence nor pumped up egos.’
        • ‘He thought, at first, it might pump up his male ego to have so many women lusting after him, but when he went home at night, he couldn't shower long enough to erase the memories.’
        • ‘The problem I see is that everyone is telling this kid how good he is and will be, pumping up that 11 year old ego.’

Origin

Late Middle English (originally in nautical use): related to Dutch pomp ‘ship's pump’ (earlier in the sense ‘wooden or metal conduit’), probably partly of imitative origin.

Pronunciation

pump

/pəmp/

Main definitions of pump in English

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Pronunciation /pəmp/

noun

  • 1A woman's plain, lightweight shoe that has a low-cut upper, no fastening, and typically a medium heel.

    1. 1.1A man's slip-on patent leather shoe for formal wear.
  • 2Northern English A sports shoe; a plimsoll.

    1. 2.1British A light shoe for dancing.

Origin

Mid 16th century of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

pump

/pəmp/