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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The vote was 7 to 2, but the ruling prompted an outpouring of individual opinions as the court struggled to explain what should be done with public displays that featured religious imagery. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "SCOTUS: Cross honoring military can remain on public land," 20 June 2019 The news was quickly followed by an outpouring of support from fans, former players and fellow owners. The Denver Post, "Post Premium: Our best stories for the week of June 10 – 16," 16 June 2019 Kara Bonin, East’s daughter who’s an administrator in the Merrillville school system, has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support. Mike Hutton, chicagotribune.com, "'It was more than just wins and losses for him': Jim East, Hall of Fame boys basketball coach at Merrillville, dies at 79," 10 June 2019 The decision to pull The Eight Hundred, and the deliberately vague explanation that followed, was met with an outpouring of sadness, anger and derision from Chinese film professionals on social media. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "Chinese Industry On Edge After "Depressing" Censorship of Shanghai Festival's Opening Film," 15 June 2019 His family has received an outpouring of support from online since Brown’s death, including from former NFL linebacker Aaron Maybin. Mckenna Oxenden, baltimoresun.com, "NBA player Carmelo Anthony mourns Gerald Brown, basketball player and comic killed in Baltimore," 14 June 2019 France’s populist yellow vest protesters have yet to come up with a common online space, with proliferating Facebook groups and YouTube channels that have a varied outpouring of demands. Lori Hinnant, The Seattle Times, "Tech could unite Europe’s populists ahead of EU vote in May," 19 Feb. 2019 The classic instruments of political mobilization produced a massive outpouring of voters in November—and a significant rebuke to the president and his party. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Democracy Could Bounce Back in 2019," 31 Dec. 2018 Stymied again by right-hander Frankie Montas — the same Oakland starting pitcher who a week ago was the beneficiary of a 16-run outpouring at Kauffman Stadium — the Royals lost to the A’s 7-2 at Oakland Coliseum on Friday. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Moustakas' eighth-inning homer changed nothing as Royals' skid hits six in loss to A's," 8 June 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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