outbreak

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noun out·break \ˈau̇t-ˌbrāk\

Definition of outbreak

  1. 1a :  a sudden or violent increase in activity or currency <the outbreak of war>b :  a sudden rise in the incidence of a disease <an outbreak of measles>c :  a sudden increase in numbers of a harmful organism and especially an insect within a particular area <an outbreak of locusts>

  2. 2 :  insurrection, revolt

Examples of outbreak in a sentence

  1. <there was an immediate outbreak of paper shuffling and a pretense of work when the supervisor passed through the room>

  2. <the government quelled the outbreak with ruthless efficiency>

1562

First Known Use of outbreak

1562


OUTBREAK Defined for English Language Learners

outbreak

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noun out·break \ˈau̇t-ˌbrāk\

Definition of outbreak for English Language Learners

  • : a sudden start or increase of fighting or disease


OUTBREAK Defined for Kids

outbreak

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noun out·break \ˈau̇t-ˌbrāk\

Definition of outbreak for Students

  1. :  a sudden occurrence or increase of something <an outbreak of chicken pox>


Medical Dictionary

outbreak

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noun out·break \ˈau̇t-ˌbrāk\

Medical Definition of outbreak

  1. 1:  a sudden rise in the incidence of a disease <an outbreak of measles>

  2. 2:  a sudden increase in numbers of a harmful organism and especially an insect within a particular area <an outbreak of locusts>



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