pore

verb
\ ˈpȯr How to pronounce pore (audio) \
pored; poring

Definition of pore

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to gaze intently
2 : to read or study attentively usually used with over
3 : to reflect or meditate steadily

pore

noun

Definition of pore (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a minute opening especially in an animal or plant especially : one by which matter passes through a membrane
2 : a small interstice (as in soil) admitting absorption or passage of liquid

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Noun

pored \ ˈpȯrd How to pronounce pored (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pore in a Sentence

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Grace’s work requires monthly trainings, a dozen police officers, more than a thousand cameras, and poring over hundreds of anonymous tips each year. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "What Littleton Learned," 1 Aug. 2018 Deukmejian had a reputation for being more comfortable poring over legislation and proofreading staff memos than with glad-handing. John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle, "George Deukmejian, governor who steered California to the right, dies at 89," 8 May 2018 Ever since Game of Thrones had its last premiere this past Sunday (me: takes a moment, cries a little, comes back), fans have been absolutely poring over every single screengrab of the episode to spot clues for the ending. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "This Terrifying New Night King Theory Has 'Game of Thrones' Fans in an Uproar," 18 Apr. 2019 On that day, though, Trump released some documents, but gave federal agencies another six months to pore through the documents and argue if some should be kept secret. Chris Morris, Fortune, "New JFK Assassination Records Made Public, But Trump Seals Others For Another 3.5 Years," 26 Apr. 2018 Artistic work continues apace while staffers pore over blueprints, pack boxes, and take renewed pleasure in the views from their many third-floor windows. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Dancing Wheels sets in motion plan to relocate after sale of Masonic Temple," 28 Jan. 2018 Aqua Bomb, perfect for those with combination skin, is laced with antioxidant-rich lady's mantle, which is said to reduce the appearance pores and boost elasticity. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Belif's True Cream Aqua Bomb Now Comes in Jumbo Size," 11 Jan. 2018 Over the course of a two year investigation, launched by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office, a grand jury heard several witness statements and pored over documents from six dioceses in the state. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Hundreds of priests sexually abused more than a thousand children, Pennsylvania attorney general says," 14 Aug. 2018 Reactionaries started poring over the more draconian side of Obama’s immigration record. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump: Obama Was for ‘Open Borders’ – Also, His Immigration Policies Were the Same As Mine," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Folks who have acne-prone skin should be aware that shea butter can clog pores, so always patch test your products before slathering it all over your stunning face. Meagan Fredette, Teen Vogue, "Does KylieSkin Care Live Up To The Hype?," 22 May 2019 Television and camera technology allow viewers to fixate on images down to every last pore and wrinkle, while the framing on phones and social media apps encourages myopic frames of reference. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Joan Mitchell's Landscape Paintings Are the Perfect Digital Antidote," 1 May 2019 The molten mixture filled the pores, and the zirconium reacted with the tungsten carbide, replacing the tungsten. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "New material could up efficiency of concentrated solar power," 19 Oct. 2018 The skin becomes balanced and glowing and clients tell me their pores feel smaller. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, "The Beauty Pop-Ups to Know in New York Ahead of the Met Gala," 1 May 2019 Pinch your nose skin to see a few: Thin noodles of dead skin that eject from your pores like eels from undersea grottoes. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "A Comprehensive Guide to the SkincareAddiction Subreddit," 5 Apr. 2019 Your skin is so fresh after a wax and the pores are still open and susceptible to bacteria. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "How to Make Your Bikini Wax Less Painful, According to Experts," 1 Apr. 2019 Instead, opt for a chemical exfoliator, like my favorite Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid, which uses gentle acids to dissolves dead skin cells, oils, and gunk from your pores. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Broken Capillaries: How to Get Rid of Them Fast," 18 Apr. 2017 For example, for those with acne-prone skin, start with the Charcoal Balancing Mask ($18) to purge pores of dirt, oil, and gunk, and then spot-treat with the Blemish Control Spot Treatment ($22), which is made with five percent benzoyl peroxide. Lauren Swanson, Allure, "Amazon Launches Its First-Ever Skin-Care Line Today — and Everything's Under $40," 20 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of pore

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pore

Verb

Middle English pouren

Noun

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin porus, from Greek poros passage, pore — more at fare

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pore

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pore

: a very small opening on the surface of your skin that liquid comes out through when you sweat
: a small opening on the surface of a plant, a rock, etc.

pore

verb
\ ˈpȯr How to pronounce pore (audio) \
pored; poring

Kids Definition of pore

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to read with great attention : study I pored over my book.

pore

noun

Kids Definition of pore (Entry 2 of 2)

: a tiny opening (as in the skin)

pore

noun
\ ˈpō(ə)r, ˈpȯ(ə)r How to pronounce pore (audio) \

Medical Definition of pore

: a minute opening especially in an animal or plant especially : one by which matter passes through a membrane

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