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pump

noun [C] uk   /pʌmp/ us  

pump noun [C] (DEVICE)

B1 a piece of equipment that is used to cause liquid, air, or gas to move from one place to another: a water/bicycle/fuel pump a petrol (US gas) pumpGenerating and pumping devices

pump noun [C] (SHOE)

[usually plural] a type of flat shoe, like a ballet dancer's shoe, worn by womenShoes and shoemaking [usually plural] US (UK court shoe) a type of plain shoe with a raised heel and no way of fastening it to the foot, worn by womenShoes and shoemaking [usually plural] UK a flat shoe made of heavy cloth, worn by children for doing sportsShoes and shoemaking

pump

verb uk   /pʌmp/ us  

pump verb (LIQUID/GAS)

[T usually + adv/prep] to force liquid or gas to move somewhere: Our latest machine can pump a hundred gallons a minute. The new wine is pumped into storage tanks. The heart pumps blood through the arteries/round the body.Generating and pumping devices

pump verb (INFORMATION)

[T] informal to keep asking someone for information, especially in a way that is not direct: She was pumping me for details of the new project.Questioning people and asking questions in generalCuriositySuspecting and questioning
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