stump Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"stump" in British English

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uk   us   /stʌmp/

stump noun (PART LEFT)

[C] the ​part of something such as a ​tree, ​tooth, ​arm, or ​leg that is ​left after most of it has been ​removed: the stump of a ​tree Her ​smilebroadened to ​reveal two ​rows of ​brown stumps.

stump noun (CRICKET)

stumps [plural] the three ​verticalwoodenpoles at which the ​ball is ​thrown in ​cricket


uk   us   /stʌmp/

stump verb (NO ANSWER)

be stumped informal to be ​unable to ​answer a ​question or ​solve a ​problem because it is too ​difficult: I'm completely stumped - how did she ​manage to ​escape? Scientists are stumped by this ​mysteryvirus.

stump verb (WALK)

stump verb (POLITICS)

[T] US to ​travel around an ​area giving ​speeches and ​trying to get ​politicalsupport: Hollywoodstars stumped for the Democratic ​candidate.

stump verb (CRICKET)

[T usually passive] If the ​personhitting the ​ball in ​cricket is stumped, ​theirturn to ​tryscoringpoints is ​ended by a ​member of the other ​teamknocking the bails off the stumps with the ​ball while they are ​outside a ​safearea.
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(Definition of stump from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stump" in American English

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stumpnoun [C]

 us   /stʌmp/

stump noun [C] (PART LEFT)

the ​part of a ​tree, ​arm, etc. that is ​left after another ​part has been ​removed


 us   /stʌmp/

stump verb (CONFUSE)

[T] to ​confuse or ​cause someone to be ​unable to ​understand or ​explain something: He ​seemed stumped by ​ourquestions.

stump verb (SPEAK)

[I] to ​talk in ​support of a ​politician or ​idea: Taylor stumped for him ​throughout the ​state.
(Definition of stump from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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