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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theypump up
he/she/itpumps up
present participlepumping up
past tensepumped up
past participlepumped up
  1. 2
    informal to make something increase by a large amount

    They have cut prices in an attempt to pump up sales.

  2. 3
    [often passive] informal to make someone feel excited and enthusiastic

    The coach's job is to get everyone pumped up for the game.

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