Definition of “bump” - English Dictionary

“bump” in British English

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bumpverb

uk /bʌmp/ us /bʌmp/

bump verb (HIT)

B2 [ I + adv/prep ] to hit something with force:

She bumped into his tray, knocking the food onto his lap.

B2 [ T usually + adv/prep ] to hurt part of your body by hitting it against something hard:

I bumped my head on the shelf as I stood up.

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bumpnoun [ C ]

uk /bʌmp/ us /bʌmp/

bump noun [ C ] (RAISED AREA)

C1 a round, raised area on a surface or on the body:

Her bicycle hit a bump in the road and threw her off.
Enrique had a nasty bump on his head from when he fell down.

(Definition of “bump” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“bump” in American English

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bumpnoun [ C ]

us /bʌmp/

bump noun [ C ] (RAISED AREA)

a raised area on a surface:

The mosquito bites left bumps on her face.

bumpverb

us /bʌmp/

bump verb (HIT)

[ I/T ] to hit against something or someone, esp. by accident:

[ T ] The child fell and bumped his head.

bump verb (PUSH AWAY)

[ T ] to move someone or something from a place, rank, or job:

I knew if they got someone more qualified, I’d be bumped.

(Definition of “bump” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)