out·​pour·​ing | \ˈau̇t-ˌpȯr-iŋ \

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 then, as Us Weekly noted, Cuoco has received an outpouring of support in the comments, with tons of fans jumping to her defense and telling trolls to get over it. Emily Wang, Allure, "Kaley Cuoco Shut Down Nipple-Shaming Instagram Trolls Who Commented on Her Workout Video," 24 July 2018 Their legacy leads to an outpouring of support from those who only knew them through their work, art, and headlines about them. refinery29.com, "XXXtentacion & The Dangers Of Honoring Black Men Unconditionally," 27 June 2018 The outpouring of affection and respect from the community was awesome. Steve West, Sun-Sentinel.com, "A rally for MAMA | Opinion," 9 July 2018 There has been an enormous outpouring of desire to help . Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Charlotte and Dave Willner, plus Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky on Recode Decode," 9 July 2018 From the west side to the east side and quite frankly, the region, the outpouring of love has been amazing. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "#StratmanStrong community of Lakota West loses a warrior," 30 June 2018 The outpouring of emotion was not so much about the result, but rather the end of the era of the Fresh Four in Lake Forest. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "'End of an era' at Lake Forest as Fresh Four move on to college," 31 May 2018 The social and online audiences were moved by Keaton's testimony and the outpouring of support for him was massive, with millions of views and thousands of shares. Melissa Farley, USA TODAY, "What's up with the bullied boy in that video?," 15 May 2018 Lori Lieberman, a recording artist who lives part-time in Montecito, said the outpouring of support has been incredible. Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com, "Woman fell off Carnival Triumph cruise ship into Gulf of Mexico: Fox 8," 22 Jan. 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 \

Kids Definition of outpouring

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

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