\ ˈpȯr How to pronounce pour (audio) \
poured; pouring; pours

Definition of pour

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cause to flow in a stream
b : to dispense from a container poured drinks for everyone
2 : to supply or produce freely or copiously poured money into the project
3 : to give full expression to : vent poured out his feelings

intransitive verb

1 : to move with a continuous flow
2 : to rain hard
3 : to move or come continuously : stream complaints poured in
4 : to score easily or freely (as in basketball) used with in poured in 30 points



Definition of pour (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the action of pouring : stream
2a : an instance of pouring or an amount poured
b : a heavy fall of rain : downpour

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Other Words from pour


pourable \ ˈpȯr-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce pour (audio) \ adjective
pourer \ ˈpȯr-​ər How to pronounce pour (audio) \ noun
pouringly \ ˈpȯr-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce pour (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for pour

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of pour in a Sentence

Verb He carefully poured the water into her glass. Pour the sauce over the pasta. She poured salt into the palm of her hand and then sprinkled it over the stew. The smokestacks poured out thick clouds of black smoke. The burst pipe poured out water. The concrete foundation has been poured. Can I pour you some lemonade? Smoke poured out from the chimney. Sweat was pouring from her brow.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some years ago, at a symposium on the animal mind hosted by New York University, one of the presenters attempted to pour cold water on certain widespread assumptions. Washington Post, "Eye-opening acts of empathy in the animal kingdom," 9 Apr. 2021 VisionAware published a free guide to safe cooking techniques, including tips on how to check a dish’s doneness using senses other than sight, how to safely pour liquids and how to measure ingredients effectively. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, "Cooking tips and tools for the blind and disabled," 9 Apr. 2021 The rest of its 40-odd staff members are local outdoors enthusiasts, many of whom pour their own money into equipment and training, and leave their day jobs to respond to calls. New York Times, "Pandemic Wilderness Explorers Are Straining Search and Rescue," 7 Apr. 2021 Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and pour the buttermilk mixture on top. Genevieve Ko New York Times, Star Tribune, "Let sheet pans be your savior for quick, easy meals," 7 Apr. 2021 Activists like Trahern Crews of Black Lives Matter Minnesota are offended by the city's willingness to pour money into security, including overtime for officers from the very department whose actions are on trial. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "'No justice, no streets': Still grieving, Minneapolis residents wonder how city will move forward after Derek Chauvin trial," 4 Apr. 2021 For a nontoxic option, pour boiling water directly into the mound. Angela Watson, chicagotribune.com, "How to get rid of ants," 3 Apr. 2021 Texas State University System Chancellor Brian McCall heard about the meeting and flew from Austin to Alpine to pour water on the fire. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Garcia: Former congressman Pete Gallego feuds with university foundation and state senator," 2 Apr. 2021 Press down on the plunger slowly — and pour into your cup. Shari Uyehara, NBC News, "How I came to rely on my French press while working from home," 2 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This pour-over set includes 5 packs of Vietnamese coffee and condensed milk creams. Cheyann Neades, Better Homes & Gardens, "16 Affordable Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Any Type of Mom—All Under $25," 7 Apr. 2021 When Salimata Faye watched young Senegalese pour into the streets of the country’s capital Dakar last month to protest the government, she was pulled in two directions. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "Senegal’s rape law changed last year. Have attitudes?," 6 Apr. 2021 This cross between a French press and a pour-over dripper requires no water-pouring skills and little oversight. Washington Post, "Each coffee brewing method has pros and cons. We tried 5 to help you find your perfect cup.," 8 Mar. 2021 Sure, any old pot can get the job done, but a proper kettle, like a gooseneck spouted pour-over kettle from Kinto will ensure that the temperature is just right. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, "Tea Time? Shop Kettles and Saucers for the Perfect Cup," 17 Mar. 2021 Purchase a Bushmills pour or cocktail from a favorite local bar or restaurant (in person or takeaway), upload the receipt through www. Jeanne O'brien Coffey, Forbes, "Five Unique Ways To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Safely," 10 Mar. 2021 Verve already sells another option, Dripkits, single-serve pour-over brewers that come with pre-portioned grounds — something Barr noticed take off in Japan. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area specialty roasters used to scoff at instant coffee. Now, they’re making it in droves to meet demand," 19 Jan. 2021 All of these efforts point to one inescapable conclusion: installed renewable energy capacity will continue to rise as governments on both sides of the Atlantic pour money into decarbonization efforts. Robert Rapier, Forbes, "Political Shifts In U.S. And Europe Bring Clean Energy Supply Chains To The Fore," 12 Mar. 2021 Its silicone seal keeps the cereal, snacks, or granola fresh and its smooth pour spout offers mess-free cereal dispensing. Rachel Dube, USA TODAY, "21 organization products from Amazon with thousands of reviews," 1 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of pour


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pour


Middle English

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The first known use of pour was in the 14th century

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11 Apr 2021

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“Pour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pour. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pour

: to cause (something) to flow in a steady stream from or into a container or place
: to fill a cup or glass with a drink for someone
: to flow or move continuously in a steady stream


\ ˈpȯr How to pronounce pour (audio) \
poured; pouring

Kids Definition of pour

1 : to flow or cause to flow in or as if in a stream Pour some tea. Smoke poured out the windows. His feelings came pouring out.
2 : to rain hard
3 : to move or come continuously Money was pouring in.

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