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 warb :  a sudden rise in the incidence of a disease an outbreak of measlesc :  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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