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"pump" in British English

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pumpnoun [C]

uk   /pʌmp/  us   /pʌmp/
  • pump noun [C] (DEVICE)

B1 a ​piece of ​equipment that is used to ​causeliquid, ​air, or ​gas to ​move from one ​place to another: a ​water/​bicycle/​fuel pump a petrolpump

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  • pump noun [C] (SHOE)

[usually plural] a ​type of ​flatshoe, like a ballet dancer's ​shoe, ​worn by women
[usually plural] US (UK court shoe) a ​type of ​plainshoe with a ​raised heel and no way of ​fastening it to the ​foot, ​worn by women
[usually plural] UK a ​flatshoe made of ​heavycloth, ​worn by ​children for doing ​sports


uk   /pʌmp/  us   /pʌmp/
  • pump verb (LIQUID/GAS)

[T usually + adv/prep] to ​forceliquid or ​gas to ​movesomewhere: Our ​latestmachine can pump a hundred ​gallons a ​minute. The new ​wine is pumped intostoragetanks. The ​heart pumps ​blood through the ​arteries/round the ​body.
  • pump verb (INFORMATION)

[T] informal to ​keepasking someone for ​information, ​especially in a way that is not ​direct: She was pumping me fordetails of the new ​project.
(Definition of pump from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pump" in American English

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 us   /pʌmp/
  • pump noun (DEVICE)

[C] a ​piece of ​equipment used to ​causeliquid, ​air, or ​gas to move from one ​place to another: a ​gas/​water pump
  • pump noun (SHOE)

[C usually pl] a women’s ​shoe with no ​fasteners

pumpverb [T]

 us   /pʌmp/
  • pump verb [T] (USE DEVICE)

If you pump ​money into something, you ​spend a lot of ​moneytrying to make it ​successful: We’re pumping millions into this new ​program.
infml When you pump someone, you ​ask for ​information, esp. in an ​indirect way: I pumped him for ​details about the ​deal.
(Definition of pump from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pump" in Business English

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pumpverb [I or T]

uk   us   /pʌmp/
NATURAL RESOURCES, PRODUCTION to ​collectoil or ​gas by making it ​flow out of the ​ground: It was the only ​nation with the ​capacity to pump more ​oil. We need to pump an ​extra 2 million ​barrels a day.

pumpnoun [C]

uk   us   /pʌmp/
at the pump
TRANSPORT used to refer to the ​cost of ​fuel for ​cars when ​sold to the ​public: The dramatic ​drop in ​oilprices was not immediately reflected at the pump.
(Definition of pump from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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