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"pump" in British English

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pumpnoun [C]

uk   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   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)

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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)
Translations of “pump”
in Korean 펌프…
in Arabic مِضَخّة…
in Malaysian pam…
in French pompe…
in Russian насос, помпа…
in Chinese (Traditional) 設備, 唧筒,幫浦,抽水機, 油泵…
in Italian pompa…
in Turkish pompa…
in Polish pompa, pompka…
in Spanish bomba…
in Vietnamese máy bơm, cái bơm (xe)…
in Portuguese bomba…
in Thai เครื่องสูบน้ำ, เครื่องปั๊มน้ำหรือลม…
in German die Pumpe…
in Catalan bomba, manxa…
in Japanese (水などをくみ上げる)ポンプ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 设备, 泵,抽水机, 油泵…
in Indonesian pompa…
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