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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 cause liquid, air, or gas to move from one place to another: a water/bicycle/fuel pump a petrolpump

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pumpverb

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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pumpnoun

 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
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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   us   /pʌmp/
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   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 oil prices was not immediately reflected at the pump.
(Definition of pump from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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