out·​pour·​ing | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpȯr-iŋ How to pronounce outpouring (audio) \

Definition of outpouring

1 : the act of pouring out an outpouring of emotion
2 : something that pours out or is poured out : outflow

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Synonyms & Antonyms for outpouring


exodus, gush, outflow, outpour


flux, inflow, influx, inrush

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Examples of outpouring in a Sentence

an outpouring of affection and support for the high school athlete in need of an organ transplant

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Since the news of Morrison’s death broke, there has been an outpouring of tributes. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Toni Morrison, ‘Beloved’ Author Who Cataloged the African-American Experience, Dies at 88," 6 Aug. 2019 The men, now known as the the Exonerated Five, have been the recipients of an outpouring of sympathy, even as the prosecutor at the center of the case has said she was wrongly portrayed. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "'When They See Us' was clearly seen by TV Academy members," 16 July 2019 Trump was soon on the receiving end of an outpouring of disgust from Democratic politicians as well as European leaders. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump’s racism cements his party’s place among the West’s far right," 16 July 2019 The family members would like to thank Tom's friends and coworkers for all the outpouring of love, help and support through this difficult time. courant.com, "Thomas Osgood Elliott," 14 July 2019 That rarefied air, in which only the truly spectacular exist, was exclusively his domain for a night — an occasion to bask in the glow of an outpouring of accolades. Drew Sharp, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings 1998 Stanley Cup flashback: Steve Yzerman's legacy," 16 June 2018 The 3,500 signatures and $1,800 so far raised are a tiny fraction of the outpouring of help for Jamal, which Piedra attributed to Mendez-Ramirez's friends and neighbors generally having fewer resources. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "Facing deportation, family hopes tactics that worked for Jamal will save their father | The Kansas City Star," 10 Apr. 2018 The news of both exploded on social media, along of an outpouring of excitement, particularly from women who have the condition. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Women With Vitiligo Are Finally Feeling Seen," 21 Feb. 2018 Judson trustees decided to walk back a decision to name a new high school after Mackey in the wake of an outpouring of negative feedback from the community about the former superintendent’s leadership. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "Judson superintendent announces retirement," 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of outpouring

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outpouring was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of outpouring

: an act of expressing an emotion or feeling in a very powerful way
: a large amount of something that is given or received in a short period of time


out·​pour·​ing | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpȯr-iŋ How to pronounce outpouring (audio) \

Kids Definition of outpouring

: an act of expressing or giving freely There was an outpouring of sympathy.

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