outbreak

noun out·break \ ˈau̇t-ˌbrāk \

Definition of outbreak

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

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

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First Known Use of outbreak

1562


OUTBREAK Defined for English Language Learners

outbreak

noun

Definition of outbreak for English Language Learners

  • : a sudden start or increase of fighting or disease


OUTBREAK Defined for Kids

outbreak

noun out·break \ ˈau̇t-ˌbrāk \

Definition of outbreak for Students

:a sudden occurrence or increase of something
  • an outbreak of chicken pox

Medical Dictionary

outbreak

noun out·break \ ˈau̇t-ˌbrāk \

medical Definition of outbreak

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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