bump Definition

  • 1a light blow or a jolting collision
  • 2a raised area on a surface
  • 3to hit or knock against something

Using bump: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "bump" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I accidentally bumped my head on the door.

  • Example

    The car bumped into the tree.

  • Example

    There's a bump on my forehead from where I hit it.

bump Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with bump

  • to meet someone unexpectedly


    I bumped into an old friend at the grocery store.

  • bump up

    to increase or raise something


    They decided to bump up the price of the tickets.

  • a raised area on a road designed to slow down traffic


    The speed bump caused the car to shake.


Summary: bump in Brief

The word 'bump' [bʌmp] can be used as a verb or a noun. As a verb, it means to hit or knock against something. As a noun, it refers to a light blow or a jolting collision, or a raised area on a surface. The phrase 'bump into' means to meet someone unexpectedly, while 'bump up' means to increase or raise something. 'Speed bump' is a raised area on a road designed to slow down traffic.

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