\ 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 inpoured 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

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 But even though the family is small, an immense amount of love and appreciation for Grace is poured out on the little girl every day. cleveland, "The world is celebrating World Down Syndrome Day today," 21 Mar. 2020 Steel mills, after the molten metal was poured from their kilns, found the enormous vats encrusted with slag, which is the stony residue that results when metal is melted out of its ore. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "Six of the Strangest Guns Ever Made," 18 Mar. 2020 The event’s co-founder, Seth Thompson, had told me it wasn’t stuffy, despite the potential when such a spendy bourbon is being poured by some of the most famous names in the business. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "Pappy and pinto beans? Why this 'low-brow' food pairs best with this high-end bourbon," 3 Mar. 2020 Billionaire Tom Steyer, who finished third after pouring millions into South Carolina, suspends his campaign. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "How Pete Buttigieg went from winning Iowa to withdrawing from the presidential race," 2 Mar. 2020 Bloomberg is skipping the early states but has seen rising support after pouring more than $250 million of his own money into a mammoth campaign effort since entering the Democratic primaries in late November. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Trends show Democratic support moving to Sanders, Bloomberg, and Buttigieg: Poll," 11 Feb. 2020 Reports said that at least some of the protesters vandalized the subway stations, including by pouring glue in the turnstiles. Time, "'Assassination' Attempts: 2 New York City Police Officers Shot in Separate Incidents," 9 Feb. 2020 In the game for fourth place, 6-2 junior Hasaan Herrington wrapped up a stellar week by pouring in 23 points to help the T-birds beat Barrow 80-51. Anchorage Daily News, "Stars shine in Saturday’s early games at the Alaska Airlines Classic," 26 Jan. 2020 Clean it up by pouring a half cup of baking soda on it along with white vinegar. Laura Kostelny, Country Living, "How to Clean Your Garbage Disposal so Your Kitchen Won't Stink," 17 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Be liberal with your pour (2/3 cup rather than the typical 1/4 to 1/2 cup). Washington Post, "Yellow Sheet Cake With Pink American Buttercream," 7 Feb. 2020 Our favorite pour-over essentials are aesthetically pleasing and highly functional for both morning routines and brunches with friends. Popular Science, "Essentials for the best pour-over coffee," 6 Feb. 2020 Bartenders and waiters shouldn’t touch the top of the container where the pour spout is so as to avoid cross-contamination. Elena Shao, SFChronicle.com, "Don’t throw away that cup! S.F. pushes reusables, but it won’t be easy," 4 Aug. 2019 And as promised, the Van Winkles were more than gracious to their fans, posing for many a photo between pours. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "Pappy and pinto beans? Why this 'low-brow' food pairs best with this high-end bourbon," 3 Mar. 2020 Each visitor is limited to three 10-ounce pours or a stay of three hours, whichever comes first. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "For the first time ever, you can take home a bottle of Pliny the Younger," 6 Feb. 2020 Swirling a small pour of his family’s namesake Brunello di Montalcino Riserva in a glass before him, Tancredi Biondi-Santi utters what may sound like sacrilege to lovers of long-aging Tuscan reds like this one. Fortune, "Legendary winemaker Brunello di Montalcino releases a vintage marking the end of an era," 24 Jan. 2020 For $25, guests can enjoy a gourmet Wagyu beef burger with a pour of a Napa Valley wine not normally available by the glass. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "‘Wagyu and Wine’ pairs Napa wine with gourmet burgers at Capital Grille," 26 Sep. 2019 Veering lighter, an inverted pavlova involves a near-floating meringue, looking like an enormous mushroom cap, hiding peaches cut into ribbons, blackberries and white verjus sorbet; a tableside pour of lemongrass consommé adds piercing fragrance. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At Bon Temps in Downtown L.A., the brilliant desserts are only the beginning," 29 Aug. 2019

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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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25 Mar 2020

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“Pour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pour. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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How to pronounce pour (audio)

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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