\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 & Antonyms for pour

Synonyms: Verb

gush, jet, rush, spew, spout, spurt, squirt, swoosh

Antonyms: Verb

dribble, drip, drop, trickle

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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

It's called the tax increment financing program, and each year upwards of $500 million or so of property tax dollars pours into it. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics / Poverty / Race Father Pfleger, top cop Johnson, and a tinge of hope for the city’s future," 13 July 2018 Blend until smooth, pour into glass and garnish with fresh mint and a small wedge of watermelon. Health.com, "6 Mocktail Recipes That Make Happy Hour Way Healthier," 12 July 2018 Baldwin's fundraising far exceeds her potential Republican challengers, although outside groups have poured money into the race on both sides. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tammy Baldwin raises nearly $4.4 million in last three months," 12 July 2018 Despite what now amounts to nearly a decade of underperformance, money keeps pouring into hedge funds. James B. Stewart, New York Times, "Hedge Funds Should Be Thriving Right Now. They Aren’t.," 12 July 2018 Within years, as textiles from China and other overseas markets poured into Nigeria, that number plummeted. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "What noodles can teach us about Nigeria's reluctance on free trade," 9 July 2018 Preaker and Cohle are loaners who pour their lives into these cases. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Sharp Objects Is the Feminist True Detective We've Been Waiting For," 8 July 2018 The footage also showed thick, black smoke pouring into the sky and large flames shooting from the boat. Ernie Suggs, ajc, "Sorority vigil held for Maleka Jackson, Atlanta woman killed in Bahamas boat accident," 8 July 2018 Remove from heat, and pour the milk into a small bowl or measuring cup. Noelle Carter, charlotteobserver, "Grilling burgers this summer? Up your game with these homemade bun recipes," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The walls have bottles set up in an apparatus that allows for easy by-the-glass pours. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Visiting the London wine bar that popped the cork on the Trump investigation," 22 June 2018 Watching Season 2 often required a series of deep breaths -- and deep pours. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "Review: 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2 finale sets up a compelling new direction for the series," 11 July 2018 Oriole got a tip of the cap for adding 100 new labels to its already-impressive list, and Purple Pig got a nod for its expanded list, now including 150 by-the-glass pours. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "4 Chicago restaurants make Wine Enthusiast's 100 Best Wine Restaurants list," 13 June 2018 But this category of diverse pours — sourced from a country whose winemaking reaches back to antiquity — offers so much more. Ellen Bhang, BostonGlobe.com, "Set the table with these distinctive Greek wines," 2 July 2018 The 48-year-old Minnesota man was at SunTrust Park, his family told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, to install his patented beer tap system that was going to slash pour times throughout the ballpark. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Cobb medical examiner yet to find cause of Braves beer cooler death," 29 June 2018 More than two dozen glass pours are offered in the $8-$20 range, with another 100 or so options available by the bottle. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "SheWolf is Michigan's only restaurant milling its own flour," 27 June 2018 Taste a few different beers at a variety of pour sizes from the shop’s rotating taps — and snag a 6-pack or a single or two of craft brews for later. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Take on a Central Florida beer crawl," 24 May 2018 The breezy, Afrobeat-laden track arrives just in time for the summer, as Boogie's signature syrupy croon pours over the uptempo beat with ease. Nerisha Penrose, Billboard, "A Boogie Announces New Project 'The International Artist' Featuring Tory Lanez, Alkaline, Davido & More," 23 May 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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