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

Synonyms for pour

Synonyms: Verb


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Examples of pour in a Sentence


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

Rain started pouring, but didn’t deter the line of supporters from offering her condolences and encouragement. cleveland.com, "Gazebo where Tamir Rice was killed finds temporary home in Chicago," 23 June 2019 Finally, the Waters crew comes pouring into the room. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, "‘His pick was real, right?’ Behind the scenes of Celtics pick Tremont Waters’s draft night," 21 June 2019 The pouring rain in New York City won't stop Kendall Jenner from fully embracing summer style. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Wore the Tiniest Leopard Print Mini Dress with Knee-High Boots," 20 June 2019 Weinstein is the first and most consequential Hollywood figure to be criminally charged in the #MeToo deluge of accusations that began pouring out in the fall of 2017. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Tearful Mira Sorvino says 'I was date-raped,' advocates for statute of limitations changes," 12 June 2019 Soon after, the grounds crew came running out with the tarp and rain started pouring down. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Bullpen gives up four as Twins fall to Indians," 6 June 2019 When the clock struck half past six, friends of the museum began pouring through its doors, past the budding cherry blossoms and Deborah Kass’s Instagram-famous OY/YO sculpture. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "The Brooklyn Artists Ball Was a Frida Kahlo–Inspired Fiesta," 17 Apr. 2019 At closest approach, the rocket would let the intense solar heat come pouring in, perhaps by jettisoning a shield. Corey S. Powell, Discover Magazine, "These New Technologies Could Make Interstellar Travel Real," 13 Mar. 2019 That all changed when Stand For Children, an education reform 501(c)(4), started pouring tens of thousands of dollars into the 2012 elections. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "What’s really going on in Indiana’s public schools," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Westbound Court Street will close Saturday between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a concrete pour at the Kroger construction site, according to the City of Cincinnati. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Traffic alert: Westbound Court Street closes Saturday," 6 July 2018 Upstairs at Fred’s, Chanel and Barneys hosted a whimsical dinner for the partnership with ranunculus floral arrangements and unlimited pours of wine. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Chanel Hosts a Magical Dinner to Celebrate Its Barneys New York Pop-Up," 4 Apr. 2019 The mildly sweet squish of marshmallow, perfectly preserved by the liquid-nitrogen pour, floated effortlessly across the nearly grainy matcha-bar texture and flavor. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Yes, we flew to Japan to watch someone pour liquid nitrogen on custom Kit Kats," 28 Oct. 2018 Rodas said participants can taste wine for $2 per pour from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and can wander among the art work with their commemorative wine glass in hand. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Arts festival features more vendors, tastes of vino, local music," 13 June 2018 There are areas to enjoy traditional Starbucks beverages along with coffee prepared using such brewing methods as the pour over or a coffee press. Charles Passy, WSJ, "In New York, Don’t Just Drink Your Coffee—Learn About It First," 23 Feb. 2019 There are approximately seven fluid ounces in a double vodka tonic — give or take, depending on how generous Frontier Airlines is with the pour. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "‘He’s peeing!’: A man’s grabby hands were just the start of this plane nightmare, FBI says," 21 May 2018 There are approximately seven fluid ounces in a double vodka tonic - give or take, depending on how generous Frontier Airlines is with the pour. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "A man's grabby hands were just the start of a Frontier plane nightmare, FBI says," 21 May 2018 Rows of these individual-sized mugs are stacked below the pours for patrons to grab and go. Lee A. Litas, chicagotribune.com, "Owner of shuttered Nevin's opens new bar in Evanston featuring self-pour beer," 20 May 2018

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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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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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