(transitive, adverb) (informal) to raise or increase: prices are being bumped up daily
Suddenly increase, as in Oil-producing nations decided to bump up the price of oil. This term is used mainly for prices or other figures. [ ; 1930s ]
Give a promotion. For example, Kevin hoped to be bumped up to first class, or After five years, she expected they would bump her up to vice-president. [ ; second half of 1900s ]

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