\ ˈpȯr \
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 \ adjective
pourer \ ˈpȯr-​ər \ noun
pouringly \ ˈpȯr-​iŋ-​lē \ 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

Vanguard Group will no longer allow individual investors to make new trades on certain investments that seek to magnify bets, pouring cold water on strategies that became popular after the last financial crisis. Gunjan Banerji And Dawn Lim, WSJ, "Vanguard Won’t Let Investors Trade These Popular—but Controversial—Products," 12 Jan. 2019 The good news is that pour buckets exist for a reason. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in California's Secret Wine Country," 8 Jan. 2019 Remove baking sheet from oven and immediately pour vinegar onto sheet, stirring to loosen any browned bits. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Red Grapes and Cabbage," 7 Jan. 2019 Tilt the glass when pouring to avoid a bubbly overflow. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The secret to champagne’s universal appeal is the physics of bubbles," 31 Dec. 2018 According to Vice, the first recording of slime being poured onto a kid happened on the pilot of You Can't Do That on Television in 1979. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "14 Outrageous Facts About Nickelodeon Slime," 10 Dec. 2018 Salt it, then pour boiling water on it till the water runs clear. Marjorie Ingall, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 4 Dec. 2018 Paradise, a town that was devastated by the Camp Fire, remains under mandatory evacuation orders as the rains pour down. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Why fire-scorched California is now readying for mudslides," 30 Nov. 2018 The floor is poured concrete, the ceiling is reclaimed longleaf pine, and the print is by Jonah Freeman, Justin Lowe, and Alexandre Singh. Rima Suqi, ELLE Decor, "How an Abandoned Texas Home Is Restored Into an Ethereal Country Getaway," 20 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ten dollars bought a bag of four individual cookies and a four-pour flight of mostly high-alcohol brews, along with a glossy pairing guide that included tasting notes. Daniel Barnes, sacbee, "Thin Mints and beer? Pairing Girl Scout cookies with craft brews an unusual treat | The Sacramento Bee," 1 Apr. 2018 Whole Foods opened its first in-store bar in 2009, and as of October 2017, more than 200 of their stores sell full in-store pours, according to Draft, a magazine devoted to the industry. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "With a superbarket, shopping isn’t a chore; it’s an experience.," 30 Nov. 2018 More explosions shake the Forrestal—nine major blasts in all—each ripping a new hole in the deck through which jet fuel pours. John Mccain, Popular Mechanics, "Fire on the Flight Deck," 27 Aug. 2018 An extensive menu changes regularly, with each blend roasted in small batches; each coffee is offered in pour-over method or as an espresso. Katie Lockhart, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Places For Coffee in Bangkok," 18 Oct. 2018 Because concrete expands and contracts in the heat, one continuous pour was impossible, so instead builders placed the concrete in interlocking blocks and cooled the blocks with pipes. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Hoover Dam Changed America—And It Might Do It Again," 27 July 2018 The pour of the day was Pennyroyal’s 2015 Jeansheep Vineyard Pinot, dark and spicy with notes of morello cherry. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, "This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines," 14 June 2018 On top of that, 1 ounce pours of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 Year Bourbon will be available for $15. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Steak, brunch, whiskey and more Father's Day specials at Chicago area restaurants," 11 June 2018 Crisp, affordable sparkling wine (think Prosecco) is the vacation pour of choice— keep the bottles poppin’. Bittersweet aperitifs like Campari and Aperol are the backbone of the spritz— and useful for stronger drinks too. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appetit, "How to Drink and Snack Like an Italian on Vacation," 25 Apr. 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 \
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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