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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There has been an outpouring of support on social media and a Facebook group has been organized to coordinate efforts. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "Search continues for missing Seattle hiker; dogs, helicopters and searchers have failed to locate woman," 5 Aug. 2018 The fatal police shooting of Charleena Lyles, a pregnant single mother, in her own Sand Point apartment last year sparked an outpouring of grief, protest and demands for reform. Tyrone Beason / Columnist, The Seattle Times, "‘When is it OK for the police to kill someone you love?’, BLM’s McKesson pivots from ‘awareness’ to the ‘fix’," 16 Sep. 2018 Much of the party’s success during the 2018 midterm elections was driven by a record number of female candidates for Congress and an outpouring of female voters energized by opposing President Trump. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "Bernie Sanders and Former Staffers Meet After Harassment Allegations," 16 Jan. 2019 Williams also showed an outpouring of support when Markle's charity cookbook was released in September. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Serena Williams Responds to Meghan Markle Wearing a Blazer from Her Clothing Line," 17 Oct. 2018 Since the tragic mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in May there has been an outpouring of support from everyone from Texans star J.J. Watt to the Houston Rockets. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Jeweler Kendra Scott unveils special fundraising necklace designed with Santa Fe High School staff," 3 July 2018 The girl’s killing prompted an outpouring of support for her family from celebrities and ordinary people across the country. Juan A. Lozano, The Seattle Times, "Man authorities believe shot Texas girl charged with murder," 9 Jan. 2019 Which is a lot more calm and reasonable than my own response would have been, frankly, given that my own response would probably have just been a random outpouring of curse words. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Jamie Lee Curtis Tells Fox News What's Up After The Network Accused Her of Being a Hypocrite," 11 Oct. 2018 Following the news, there was an outpouring of well-wishes from fans and other musicians who were inspired by Franklin's groundbreaking work. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Aretha Franklin Leaves Behind an Enduring Legacy—and a Massive Fortune," 16 Aug. 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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to boil down or concentrate

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