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verb bump pronunciation in British English /bʌmp/
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present tense
I/you/we/theybump
he/she/itbumps
present participlebumping
past tensebumped
past participlebumped
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to accidentally hit part of your body against something, making it hurt
    Be careful not to bump your head.
    bump something on/against something: I bumped my knee on the corner of the desk.
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to hit against something solid once or many times
      Small boats were bumping against the wooden pier.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to move with rough up and down movements, especially over a surface that is not even
    bump across/along/over etc: The plane bumped slowly across the field.

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