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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Assets under management at the firm grew to $18.1 billion from $14.6 billion last year, thanks in part to inflows from London government pension funds. Alex Frangos, WSJ, "Xavier Rolet to Join Asset Manager CQS as Chief Executive," 21 Dec. 2018 Because of the tremendous dangers at the Border, including large scale criminal and drug inflow, the United States Military will build the Wall! Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "I’m starting to think Mexico isn’t going to pay for the wall," 20 Dec. 2018 As a temperate rain forest, livable almost all year round, that part of the country, including Seattle and northern California, has a huge inflow of non-conforming Americans. Peter Keough,, "Family bonds prevail in ‘Leave No Trace’," 21 June 2018 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday that April storms failed to produce much snow in the mountains that feed the Colorado River, and Lake Powell is expected to get only 43 percent of the average inflow from the river. Washington Post, "Outlook for vital Southwestern US river remains grim," 7 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of inflow

1839, in the meaning defined above

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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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