in·​flow | \ ˈin-ˌflō How to pronounce inflow (audio) \

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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Richard complained that even that behemoth building was inadequate to the inflow, which meant that books were being warehoused in large numbers. Sarah Ruden, National Review, "Reading Like a Child," 12 Sep. 2019 The smooth inflow of FDI into various sectors is vital to stimulate the Indian economy and take its GDP to the targeted $5 trillion in five years. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Who gains from India’s new foreign investment norms?," 29 Aug. 2019 An official from the Swiss National Bank expressed confidence to a reporter that this latest move would put an end to those pesky inflows. Stephen Mihmbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Switzerland pioneered negative rates in the 1970s. It got very ugly," 22 Aug. 2019 These inflows will form the reserve that will back the currency. The Economist, "What is Libra?," 12 July 2019 New Yorkers have contributed to a major inflow to Florida, but Californians are much more likely to move to Texas. New York Times, "Trump vs. N.Y.: Fact-Checking His Claims of ‘Harassment’ by the State," 2 July 2019 Whitmer’s directive puts a focus on lessening nutrient inflows from the Detroit River, the River Raisin and the Maumee River. USA TODAY, "Arthur Ashe, missing Marilyn, pacifier-eating pup: News from around our 50 states," 21 June 2019 Last month, emerging market debt saw inflows of $23.1 billion so far this year. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "Investors Are Fleeing Emerging Markets Stocks as Trade War Heats Up," 5 Aug. 2019 Stand with our Senators is also likely to see a major inflow of cash from a GoFundMe campaign that raised nearly $43,000 during the walkout., "Here’s who put $120,000 behind Oregon’s climate walkout and protests," 20 July 2019

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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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readily or continually undergoing change

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