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pump 1

1. A machine or device for raising, compressing, or transferring fluids.
2. Physiology A molecular mechanism for the active transport of ions or molecules across a cell membrane.
3. Physics Electromagnetic radiation used to raise atoms or molecules to a higher energy level.
4. Informal The heart.
5. Informal The place where consumers purchase gasoline. Used with the: gas prices rising at the pump.
v. pumped, pump·ing, pumps
1. To cause to flow by means of a pump or pumplike organ or device: Derricks pumped oil out of the ground. The heart pumps blood throughout the body.
2. To draw, deliver, or pour forth: a writer who pumped out a new novel every year.
3. To propel, eject, or insert: pumped new life into the economy.
4. To cause to move with an up-and-down or back-and-forth motion: a bicyclist pumping the pedals; a piston pumping a shaft.
5. To push or pull (a brake or lever, for instance) rapidly: a driver pumping the brakes.
6. To shoot (bullets, for example) at or into: a gunner pumping rounds at a target.
7. Physics To raise (atoms or molecules) to a higher energy level by exposing them to electromagnetic radiation at a resonant frequency.
8. Physiology To transport (ions or molecules) against a concentration gradient by the expenditure of chemically stored energy.
9. To invest (money) repeatedly or persistently in something.
10. To question closely or persistently: pump a witness for secret information.
11. Informal To promote or publicize vigorously: The company pumped its new product on its website.
1. To operate a pump.
2. To move gas or liquid with a pump or a pumplike organ or device.
3. To move up and down or back and forth in a vigorous manner: My legs were pumping as I ran up the stairs.
4. To flow in spurts: Blood was pumping from the wound.
5. Sports To fake a throw, pass, or shot by moving the arm or arms without releasing the ball.
Phrasal Verb:
pump up
1. To inflate with gas by means of a pump: pump up a tire.
2. Slang To fill with enthusiasm, strength, or energy: The lively debate really pumped us up.
3. Sports To be actively involved in a bodybuilding program: athletes pumping up at the gym.
pump iron Sports
To lift weights.

[Middle English pumpe.]

pump′er n.

pump 2

A shoe that has a closed back and is cut low around the toes, usually with heels and no fastenings.

[Origin unknown.]
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pump up

vb (tr)
1. to cause (someone) to become energized, excited, or enthusiastic: His music always pumps me up.
2. to intensify, aggrandize, or exacerbate: The media was pumping it up a fair bit .
3. (reflexive) to take drugs, esp steroids
4. esp jocular US to make the muscles of the body more conspicuous through regular exercise or assist someone else to do so; bodybuild
pumped up, pumped adj
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w>pump up

vt sep
(= inflate) tyre etcaufpumpen; prices, profitshochtreiben
(Brit inf: = turn up) musiclauter stellen; pump up the tunes!dreh lauter!
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(pamp) noun
1. a machine for making water etc rise from under the ground. Every village used to have a pump from which everyone drew their water.
2. a machine or device for forcing liquid or gas into, or out of, something. a bicycle pump (for forcing air into the tyres).
1. to raise or force with a pump. Oil is being pumped out of the ground.
2. to get information from by asking questions. He tried to pump me about the exam.
pump up
to inflate (tyres etc) with a pump.
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pump up

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