gush

verb
\ ˈgəsh How to pronounce gush (audio) \
gushed; gushing; gushes

Definition of gush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to issue copiously or violently
2 : to emit a sudden copious flow
3 : to make an effusive display of affection or enthusiasm an aunt gushing over the baby

transitive verb

1 : to emit in a copious free flow
2 : to say or write effusively

gush

noun

Definition of gush (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a sudden outpouring
b : something emitted in a gushing forth
2 : an effusive display or outpouring

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Other Words from gush

Verb

gushingly \ ˈgə-​shiŋ-​lē How to pronounce gushingly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for gush

Synonyms: Verb

jet, pour, rush, spew, spout, spurt, squirt, swoosh

Synonyms: Noun

exodus, outflow, outpour, outpouring

Antonyms: Verb

dribble, drip, drop, trickle

Antonyms: Noun

flux, inflow, influx, inrush

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Examples of gush in a Sentence

Verb

Oil gushed from the well. Blood gushed from the wound. I'm tired of hearing her gush about her boyfriend. Everyone has been gushing over the baby. “Oh, your baby is so cute!” they gushed.

Noun

A gush of oil came out of the well. the dam burst with a stupendous gush of water
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As money has gushed into the Valley’s ecosystem in recent years, hundreds of private tech startups valued at more than $1 billion have sprouted, embracing a culture of disruption of incumbent industries and a cavalier attitude toward regulations. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has been charged with criminal fraud," 15 June 2018 As money has gushed into the Valley’s ecosystem in recent years, hundreds of private tech startups valued at more than $1 billion have sprouted, embracing a culture of disruption of incumbent industries and a cavalier attitude toward regulations. John Carreyrou, WSJ, "U.S. Files Criminal Charges Against Theranos’s Elizabeth Holmes, Ramesh Balwani," 15 June 2018 Even as people gush about his food, Brooks only sees the flaws. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Following Milktooth’s hype, Beholder opens quietly, imperfectly," 14 June 2018 Privacy - Terms As sap gushes into the sugarhouse, its first stop is to undergo reverse osmosis to extract water, which significantly cuts down the sap’s boiling time, reducing fuel and increasing efficiency. Jason Wilson, charlotteobserver, "Vermont’s maple syrup business is booming, thanks to technology and changing tastes," 4 May 2018 Video of black water gushing out of a pipe there, while a kite surfer passed in the background, drew widespread attention this year. Felipe Villamor, New York Times, "Boracay, Idyllic Philippines Resort Island, Is Closed to Tourists," 4 Apr. 2018 Erika Balza, who says her faucet gushed muddy brown water smelling like manure, drinks bottled water. Jesse Newman And Patrick Mcgroarty, WSJ, "Farms, More Productive Than Ever, Are Poisoning Drinking Water in Rural America," 18 Jan. 2019 Kmet, a two-sport athlete who Kelly spent time gushing to the media over this spring, could realistically be in line for more playing time. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Projecting Notre Dame football's 2018 depth chart," 29 June 2018 Heavy rains lashed the hills around the cave, gushing through the porous limestone and pushing the SEALs back toward the entrance. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "The Thai Cave Rescue, Before Its Triumph, Teetered on the Brink of Disaster," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Like, do-joint-interviews-and-gush-about-how-we're-real-life-best-friends great. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern Went Christmas Shopping Together in Coordinating Outfits in LA," 23 Dec. 2018 The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources posted a short video of the bizarre practice on Twitter last week, which shows the fish raining down from the aircraft’s underbelly in a gush of water. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Utah Department of Wildlife drops fish from plane for 'extreme restocking' of lake," 30 Aug. 2018 And eventually, because of the nihilist pressure of the unstoppable gush of language itself, cynical to the point of despair. Cynthia Ozick, New York Times, "One Last Book From a Virtuoso of the Short Story," 14 May 2018 As Beijing struggles to slow the outflow of cash and an erosion in its stockpile of foreign currency, the clock is about to restart on individuals’ annual foreign-exchange quotas, which is expected to set off a fresh gush of outflows. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Has the Big Yuan Short Finally Arrived?," 26 June 2018 The bear also bit into his head and a gash above his ear caused a massive amount of blood gush. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "This Man Got Attacked by the Same Bear Twice — and Lived to Tell About It," 5 Oct. 2016 In the ad's dramatic climax, a gush of water douses the fire and the threat is extinguished. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Dem candidate airs bizarre ‘dumpster fire’ ad," 19 June 2018 The run starts with the 50-million-gallons-per-day, crystalline gush of Rock Springs but soon becomes stained like tea by decomposing organic stuff, leaves and cypress needles. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Wekiva and Rock Springs Run cure stress with gorgeous gators and hypnotic rain," 1 June 2018 In a campaign video flush with smiles and upbeat music, two Democrats running in the primary for governor gush about each other's credentials – then encourage voters to support them both. David Sharp, The Christian Science Monitor, "New ranked voting system to be used in Maine primaries," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of gush

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for gush

Verb

Middle English guschen

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More Definitions for gush

gush

verb

English Language Learners Definition of gush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to flow out very quickly and in large amounts
: to produce a large amount of (a quickly flowing liquid)
: to speak in an extremely enthusiastic way

gush

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gush (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sudden outward flow of a large amount of liquid

gush

verb
\ ˈgəsh How to pronounce gush (audio) \
gushed; gushing

Kids Definition of gush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to flow or pour out in large amounts Water gushed from the fountain.
2 : to act or speak in a very affectionate or enthusiastic way He gushed forth praise for the Abbey victuals.— Brian Jacques, Redwall

gush

noun

Kids Definition of gush (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sudden free pouring out a gush of tears

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