Meaning of “pump” in the English Dictionary

"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 cause liquid, air, or gas to move from one place to another:

a petrolpump

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uk /pʌmp/ us /pʌmp/

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.

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.

(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 cause liquid, 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 money trying 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 /pʌmp/ us

NATURAL RESOURCES, PRODUCTION to collect oil 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 /pʌmp/ us
at the pump

TRANSPORT used to refer to the cost of fuel for cars when sold to the public:

The dramatic drop in oil prices was not immediately reflected at the pump.

(Definition of “pump” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)