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pump

noun  /pʌmp/ us  

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
Idioms

pump

verb [T]  /pʌmp/ us  

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.
Translations of “pump”
in Korean 펌프…
in Arabic مِضَخّة…
in French pompe…
in Turkish pompa…
in Italian pompa…
in Chinese (Traditional) 設備, 唧筒,幫浦,抽水機, 油泵…
in Russian насос, помпа…
in Polish pompa, pompka…
in Spanish bomba…
in Portuguese bomba…
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…
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