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English noun: bulk

1. bulk (attribute) the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part

SamplesThe majority of his customers prefer it.
The bulk of the work is finished.


Broader (hypernym)figure, number



2. bulk (attribute) the property of something that is great in magnitude

SamplesIt is cheaper to buy it in bulk.
He received a mass of correspondence.
The volume of exports.

Synonymsmass, volume

Broader (hypernym)magnitude

Narrower (hyponym)dollar volume, turnover

3. bulk (attribute) the property possessed by a large mass

Broader (hypernym)mass

English verb: bulk

1. bulk (change) stick out or up

SamplesThe parcel bulked in the sack.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)bulge, pouch, protrude

2. bulk (change) cause to bulge or swell outwards


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)swell

Causebulge, pouch, protrude

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