\ 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 Over the course of his recovery, donations poured in to help with his medical bills. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Houston cop severely burned in crash on Christmas Eve 2018 returns to work," 7 Feb. 2020 So pour one out for BlackBerry and the physical keyboard, both of which will likely never be seen again. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "The final nail may have been driven into BlackBerry’s coffin," 3 Feb. 2020 Her fans would watch her do a happy dance before pouring her signature creamy (but obviously dairy-free) matcha from the blender into a seemingly handcrafted mug. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Lee From America's Fall From Wellness: What Happens When Wellness Goes Too Far," 27 Jan. 2020 During the 1971 war, however, an estimated 10 million refugees—a large proportion of whom were Hindu—poured into India fleeing genocidal attacks by the Pakistani army and their local paramilitary allies. Joseph Allchin, The New York Review of Books, "Why Hindu Nationalists Trialed India’s Citizenship Law in Assam," 6 Jan. 2020 With each swell, ocean water poured in. Soaked, and some 50 miles out at sea, Smith was shaking. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "Faulty Equipment, Lapsed Training, Repeated Warnings: How a Preventable Disaster Killed Six Marines," 2 Jan. 2020 Colorado’s oldest craft brewery is downsizing, ending distribution and laying off 21 employees Speaking of GABF, only one Colorado brewery has poured at every annual event since the festival’s inception in 1982. Josie Sexton, The Know, "From hard seltzer to industry shake-ups, these were the biggest Colorado beer stories of 2019," 31 Dec. 2019 Since Aschoff's death was announced, tributes have been pouring in from colleagues and sports stars who worked with him. Abid Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Edward Aschoff, ESPN College Football Reporter, Dies at 34," 25 Dec. 2019 Donations poured in for the clean-up and reconstruction of the 850-year-old Gothic structure, from both small donors and major companies and foundations. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Is Notre-Dame Too Fragile to Be Saved?," 24 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mythical Coffee Located in Gilbert Town Square, this stylish cafe offers experimental coffee concoctions, but also makes classic pours. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Here are 9 new Gilbert restaurants for ice cream, coffee, tacos and more," 7 Feb. 2020 The psychologist personally used the simulated drowning technique against Mohammed in 15 sessions using at least 183 water pours in March 2003. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Senate 'torture' report front and center during 9/11 hearing at Guantanamo," 30 Jan. 2020 Here are 6 especially festive pours worth seeking out. WSJ, "Crunch Time: Your Super Bowl Snacking Guide," 24 Jan. 2020 If all the bartenders pour this way, then this is a decent deal, because these glasses were definitely full pours. Andrea Reeves, Cincinnati.com, "Bowling alleys aren't dead. They're just a lot different. We tried the new trends," 23 Jan. 2020 Still, as more investment pours in, the quality of products across all the companies is expected to increase, rising to meet highly specific consumer expectations. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "These are the homegrown startups Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods will face in China," 14 Jan. 2020 Calabash also serves direct trade pour-over coffees, vegetarian vittles, and kombucha. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Meet The Black Woman That Is Healing DC With Her Teas and Tonics," 7 Nov. 2019 Rebrewing grounds using the pour-over method, for example, would create little more than dirty water. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland-made coffee brewer Ground Control has industry buzzing," 3 Jan. 2020 Blue Bottle Coffee, the upscale chain that popularized the pour-over coffee cup, plans to make its cafes zero-waste within a year. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Blue Bottle Coffee to test eliminating disposable cups and packaging," 13 Dec. 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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12 Feb 2020

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“Pour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pour. Accessed 18 Feb. 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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