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dump

 

A dump is a place filled with garbage, or it's a place that's not well kept or clean.

  • Your garbage is hauled away to a dump.
  • The city manages a dump just outside of the city.
  • Bob's apartment looks like a dump. (It's very messy and dirty.)
  • We stayed at a dumpy hotel while traveling through Florida. (The word "dumpy" is an adjective.)
  • A dump truck is used for hauling construction debris or construction materials such as dirt and rocks.

dump truck dump truck

When "dump" is used as a verb, it means to get rid of something or put something down.

simple past past participle
dump
dumped
dumped
  • Don't dump all that stuff on my desk! (dump = put)
  • You can dump your coats, hats, and gloves on the chair. (dump = put)
  • You can't dump the oil or other liquids from your car into the street. It has to be taken to a special facility. (dump = get ride of)
  • Someone dumped a couch by the side of the road. (dump = get rid of)
  • It's illegal to dump garbage in this area. (dump = get rid of)

It's very popular to use "dump" to describe the end of a relationship when one person decides that the relationship is over:

  • Eric dumped his girlfriend. (He ended the relationship.)
  • Regina dumped her boyfriend for another man.
  • Todd got dumped by his wife. (This sentence is in the passive voice.)

 

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Date of publication: October 4, 2016

 
 

 

 

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