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 was an outpouring of emotion: a kind of public affirmation of their value as campers, counselors and humans. Manny Fernandez, New York Times, "A Summer Camp on the Border, Where the Border Crisis Feels Far Away," 17 Aug. 2019 An outpouring of condolences from politicians and dignitaries followed after news of his death. Los Angeles Times, "Darren Parker, California activist who lifted the voices of African Americans, dies at 59," 29 July 2019 The outpouring of love and support, that’s the real Needham. Deanna Pan, BostonGlobe.com, "‘I can’t be naive anymore’: Targeted by arson fires, Mass. rabbis face anti-Semitism at home," 24 June 2019 The comments came in an outpouring that began Wednesday and had not stopped by Thursday night. Author: Elise Viebeck, Anchorage Daily News, "New critics emerge for lack of action on guns: Students," 16 Feb. 2018 Those in the community who found temporary refuge around Butte County offered an outpouring of love. Elliott Almond, The Mercury News, "Rebirth in Paradise: How high school football is making it feel ‘like before the fire’," 24 Aug. 2019 Instead of the Greenlandic way – long silences and monosyllabic answers – there comes an outpouring. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Greenland’s Deepening Ecological Grief," 19 Aug. 2019 An outpouring of support from all over the world followed, forcing the funeral home to relocate to a larger venue. Editors, USA TODAY, "Remembering Aretha Franklin, scorching Southwest weather, El Paso shooting victim: 5 things to know Friday," 16 Aug. 2019 The original post received over 2 million likes and an outpouring of support, and Liu’s post was liked 81,000 times. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "Here's What to Know About the Mulan Boycott," 16 Aug. 2019

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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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