in·​flow | \ ˈin-ˌflō \

Definition of inflow 

: a flowing in the inflow of air an inflow of funds

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Synonyms & Antonyms for inflow


affluence, flux, income, influx, inpouring, inrush


outflow, outpouring

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Examples of inflow in a Sentence

The campaign has seen a massive inflow of funds in recent months. The vents provide improved inflow of air.

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While the country is not a major shipper to the U.S., there’s a risk prices in Asian markets will be hurt by inflows of Chinese metal that are diverted from the U.S., according to a spokesman for product maker UACJ Corp. last month., "Japan's Aluminum Industry Urges Trump to Pull Back on Tariffs," 5 Mar. 2018 And the differential is magnified by inflows of foreign capital. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Yellen's 'mic drop' lands on Wells Fargo," 5 Feb. 2018 But slowing bond market inflows are harder to dismiss—and weakening foreign investment overall wouldn’t be surprising given rebounding inflation, slowing growth, and a stock market in full retreat. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Watch Out—Cash Is Deserting China Again," 7 Nov. 2018 Part of the rationale behind that move was that the large inflows of oil cash will soon be over. Jonas O Bergman,, "Preparing to Tighten, Olsen Says It’s Back to ‘Normal’ on Norway’s Krone," 18 May 2018 This argument relies on the underlying assumption that remittance inflows are stable and increasing. Jesse Acevedo, Washington Post, "What will happen to El Salvador when the U.S. ends the protected status of Salvadoran immigrants?," 22 Feb. 2018 During that period, Vanguard’s index fund attracted cash inflow averaging only $16 million per year. John C. Bogle, WSJ, "Bogle Sounds a Warning on Index Funds," 29 Nov. 2018 South of Baton Rouge, the Army Corps determined, there was no more significant inflow that would affect the river’s potential to flood. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018 This is why the Republican Party’s most overt enthno-nationlists (i.e. Congressman Steve King and White House policy adviser Stephen Miller) are so eager to slash legal inflows. Eric Leivtz, Daily Intelligencer, "For Democrats, Immigration Is a Political Problem Without a Policy Solution," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of inflow

1839, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inflow was in 1839

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English Language Learners Definition of inflow

: a flow or movement of something into a place, organization, etc.

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