September 7, 2014 - Word of the Day: slump
When a person or a thing decreases in strength or potential, you can use the word "slump" to describe the condition.
In these sentences, "slump" is a noun:
- The European economy still seems to be in a slump. (Notice that "slump" is often preceded by "in a...")
- My favorite baseball team is in a slump. It lost the last nine games.
- I feel like I'm in a slump. I need to change my life.
- After going out for two years, their relationship is in a slump. (go out = date; have a romantic relationship)
- Due to a severe illness, Bill is dealing with a financial slump that he can't seem to get out of.
- As the man got older, he developed a noticable slump, losing the confident stride of his youth. (slump = a person's back is not straight)
You can also use "slump" as a verb:
- The financial markets slumped during a day of heavy trading.
- Tom slumped down in his chair in an effort to avoid his teacher.
- When Belinda had a heart attack, she suddenly slumped from her chair to the floor.
To use "slump" as an adjective, add "ing" and put it before a noun:
- It's hard to find a job in a slumping economy.
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