lump Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “lump” in the English Dictionary

"lump" in British English

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lumpnoun [C]

uk   us   /lʌmp/

lump noun [C] (PIECE)

C2 a ​piece of a ​solidsubstance, usually with no ​particularshape: a lump ofcoal a ​sugar lump You don't ​want lumps in the ​sauce. UK informal a ​separatelargeamount: I'll be getting the ​insurancemoney in two lumps.
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lump noun [C] (IN THE BODY)

a hard swellingfound in or on the ​body, ​especially because of ​illness or ​injury: She ​found a lump in her ​breast.

lump noun [C] (PERSON)

informal a ​heavy, ​awkward, ​stupidperson: Come on, you great lump - get up from that ​sofa and do some ​work!


uk   us   /lʌmp/ informal
lump it to ​accept a ​situation or ​decisionalthough you do not like it: The ​decision has been made, so if Tom doesn't like it, he can lump it.
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(Definition of lump from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lump" in American English

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lumpnoun [C]

 us   /lʌmp/
a ​solidmass without a ​regularshape: The ​gravy had lumps of ​flour in it. A lump is also a ​swelling under the ​skin: She ​found a lump under her ​arm.
adjective  us   /ˈlʌm·pi/
a lumpy ​pillow

lumpverb [T]

 us   /lʌmp/
to ​consider or ​deal with as a ​group: Children of ​variousabilities are lumped together in one ​class.
(Definition of lump from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"lump" in Business English

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uk   us   /lʌmp/
[C] FINANCE →  lump sum : in a lump You have to ​pay your ​tax in two lumps the ​followingyear.
[S] UK informal (also the lump) TAX a ​situation in which ​buildingworkers say that they are self-employed in ​order to ​avoidpayingtax, ​even though they are directly ​employed: The ​taxauthorities are ​working hard to clamp down on the lump.
take the/your lumps US informal to ​experience problems without ​complaining: As a ​trader, sometimes you've just got to take your lumps.
(Definition of lump from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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