\ 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb By the 20th century, engineers were closing the gaps in the levee that had allowed water to pour out into the delta’s forking streams. Boyce Upholt, Wired, 23 July 2022 Explanations for the northern lights were offered; one theorized by a British astronomer was that the Earth was hollow and an opening near the North Pole allowed light to pour out from the planet’s core. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, 23 July 2022 Tributes to the late singer began to pour out across social media as soon as news of his passing broke, including one from the country's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Swati Gupta And Ruba Alhenawi, CNN, 31 May 2022 The play follows the relationships between a struggling writer who takes over the unpaid, anonymous position of an advice columnist named Sugar, and the real-life readers who pour out their hearts to her. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 25 May 2022 The cooler is easy to clean, partly thanks to the drain plug located in between the wheels — just tip the cooler up and pour out excess liquids. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 11 May 2022 Then, after keeping all the emotions in check all season long, the feelings began to pour out as Coach K shed some light tears. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2022 Once the cup is full, turn off that middle switch, pour out the water, and wait for the second indicator light to turn back on. Jenna Adrian-diaz, Bon Appétit, 22 Feb. 2022 Just put coarse grinds into the basket and slowly pour water through it. Scott Gilbertson, Wired, 12 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Morgenthaler’s version—Amaretto and lemon, punched up with a pour of high-proof bourbon, and smoothed out with an egg white—utterly transforms the drink. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 25 June 2022 That a steak in the dining room deserves a better pour than a burger on the grill? Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 26 June 2022 Of course, those gorgeous little bubbles require a careful pour, so Enroot had to invest in customized parts in order to retain effervescence during the bottling. Amanda M. Faison, Outside Online, 9 June 2022 Today, get a draft pour for $5 or a four-pack for $10.99. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 5 May 2022 Winemakers from each winery will be on hand to serve up samples from two of their wines and a bonus pour. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 4 May 2022 Michelle Sparkling Wine are all available as a glass pour or by the bottle. Leslie Kelly, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 The drinks will continue to have a generous pour, and the Red Fox’s surf-and-turf style menu will stay the same, except for crab legs due to supply chain issues, Demos said. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Mar. 2022 Sadly, customers don’t seem to get the connection between the tap and the pour. cleveland, 20 June 2022 See More

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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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“Pour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pour. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for pour


\ 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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