outbreak

noun

out·​break ˈau̇t-ˌbrāk How to pronounce outbreak (audio)
1
a
: 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

Examples of outbreak in a Sentence

there was an immediate outbreak of paper shuffling and a pretense of work when the supervisor passed through the room the government quelled the outbreak with ruthless efficiency
Recent Examples on the Web Earlier this month, the manufacturer recalled cheeses and dairy products made in its Modesto, California, facility after federal officials connected the products to a decade-long multi-state listeria outbreak that has sickened 26, hospitalized 23, and left two people dead. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 14 Feb. 2024 Doctors Without Borders has deployed 50 health workers to Zambia and 30 to Zimbabwe to help manage the outbreaks. Jeffrey Moyo, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2024 The Grand Rapids outbreak is believed to have been caused in this manner. Staff Report, Twin Cities, 13 Feb. 2024 Avian influenza is currently causing big outbreaks on islands around the southern tip of South America, about 1,000 miles from the Antarctic Peninsula. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 12 Feb. 2024 It has been demonized time and again, and after the COVID-19 outbreak, the animosity toward China has only worsened. Arun A.k., Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2024 Car insurance rates jump 26% across the U.S. in 2024, report shows Cheese and dairy products recalled after deadly listeria outbreak Will mortgage rates drop below 6% in 2024? Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 6 Feb. 2024 According to the Centers for Disease Control, the outbreak affected 128 of the 1,824 passengers on the ship. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 Last Thursday, researchers at the CDC published something akin to a post-mortem of the 2022 outbreak that wasn't. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 5 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of outbreak was in 1562

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“Outbreak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outbreak. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

outbreak

noun
out·​break ˈau̇t-ˌbrāk How to pronounce outbreak (audio)
1
: a sudden increase in activity use, or acceptance
the outbreak of war
2
: something (as an epidemic or revolution) that breaks out
an outbreak of measles

Medical Definition

outbreak

noun
out·​break ˈau̇t-ˌbrāk How to pronounce outbreak (audio)
1
: a sudden rise in the incidence of a disease
an outbreak of measles
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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