\ 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 Stir up a pitcher of Tang and pour into any style of mold that fits your fancy. Casey Barber, CNN, "Tang! The space-age drink that's still a worldwide staple," 1 May 2021 Crack a beer, pour some ice-cold sweat tea, run some more of your homemade mop sauce through the smoke of the grill and listen up. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "A mighty fish story to begin a whopper of a season," 30 Apr. 2021 Remove the saucepan from the heat, pour into a glass bowl and immediately press plastic wrap to cover the surface of the custard to avoid a skin from forming. Kristen Massad, Dallas News, "Nostalgic recipe: Old-Fashioned Homemade Banana Pudding," 30 Apr. 2021 Reduce the speed to medium and gradually pour in the remaining ¼ cup (60 ml) olive oil until fully incorporated. Beth Segal, cleveland, "The Chef’s Garden Cookbook: How farmer Lee Jones evolved from Ohio hayseed to international microgreen king," 30 Apr. 2021 Refrigerate mixture until ready to pour into crust and back. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "The U.S. Navy’s Not-So-Secret Recipes for Cheesecake and ‘Ronnie Burgers’," 29 Apr. 2021 If there’s no liquid in the baking dish, pour about 1/4 cup water in bottom of pan. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Stuffed mirlitons give Alaska spot prawns a Louisiana-inspired kick," 29 Apr. 2021 Although many organizations have turned to virtual programming during the pandemic, the Ho-Chunk Nation’s Department of Health has had to pour its energy into community testing, contract tracing and coordinating COVID-19 vaccinations. Ashley Nguyen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How Wisconsin organizations supporting reproductive health and parenting weathered the pandemic," 28 Apr. 2021 Then Pearl let the quiet of her house seep into her and pour into and fortify the most precious quiet at the very center of her. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, "What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf?," 27 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For another pour-over option, Roy Robertson of Maru Coffee recommends a Kalita for its simple system and clean, balanced flavor. Samantha Rees, Vogue, "Pour Over, French Press, Drip Machine—30 Best Coffee Makers for the Perfect Brew," 25 Apr. 2021 Grice noted a milestone last week when the first concrete pour was done on the east side of the stadium. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztec Stadium Update: Pour begins on eastern side of new stadium, eight sections of old stadium remain," 3 Mar. 2021 The next pour is to be sipped by the patron and thoroughly enjoyed. Michael Alpiner, Forbes, "The Path Of Restorative Travel Starts With Tea," 26 Feb. 2021 Made with Grand Marnier’s iconic French liqueur, the Grand Margarita is the perfect pour for a plus-up on any National Margarita Day at-home celebration and entertaining. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Celebrate National Margarita Day With These Fun Drink Recipes," 22 Feb. 2021 Here, Davis listed her top picks of off-the-radar bourbons—with a few value staples that are perfect for your daily five o’ clock pour. Karla Alindahao, Forbes, "15 of the Best Bourbons For Kentucky Derby Season—and Beyond," 18 Apr. 2021 My coffee beverage consumption consists of an occasional sip of my boyfriend’s daily pour-over and an espresso perhaps once a year. Washington Post, "Coffee is a rich, flavorful ingredient, and these 8 sweet and savory recipes prove it," 31 Mar. 2021 To coffee aficionados, the new shop means a convenient place for brews ranging from a cardamom mocha latte or Barbadian cappuccino to a V60 pour-over. Don Stacom, courant.com, "New Britain police headquarters now home to upscale coffeehouse with European flavor," 29 Mar. 2021 Guinness cans, containing a widget to control the pour, also have some nitrogen. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Is Guinness really 'good for you'?," 17 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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5 May 2021

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