\ 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 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


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

At Hi-Collar, a Japanese coffeehouse in Manhattan’s East Village that doubles as a bar at night, some of the rarer offerings are poured into precious chinaware that can cost as much as $400 apiece. Charles Passy, WSJ, "In New York, Don’t Just Drink Your Coffee—Learn About It First," 23 Feb. 2019 In the days following Raziwill's death, tributes have poured out, honoring the memory of the actress, style icon, and one-time American princess. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Lee Radziwill's Funeral Will Reportedly Take Place on Monday," 21 Feb. 2019 And then there's the original Happy, which has now been poured into a slim vial and redubbed Happy Splash, though the original is still available. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Clinique Is Revamping Its Iconic Happy Perfume," 6 Sep. 2018 Both its supporters and opponents have poured money into the ongoing legal and public relations fight over the Philadelphia tax, and its fate is pending before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Laura Mccrystal, Philly.com, "California banned new soda taxes. Could it happen in Pennsylvania?," 12 July 2018 Lots of talent, hard work, and heart is poured into this incredible show. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "Nominated Celebrities React to 2018 Emmy Nominations: See the Tweets," 12 July 2018 Emails have poured in DOT from employees working for companies near the Inner Harbor. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, "Downtown Baltimore streets in gridlock after changes to traffic light timing," 12 July 2018 With no such spending cap, Stemerman and Stefanowski have poured money into TV ads and consultants. Matthew Kauffman, courant.com, "Campaign Finance Reports Reveal A Battle Of Millionaires In Gubernatorial Race," 11 July 2018 Finally, the tonic is poured slowly down the twisted handle of the spoon to increase the bubbles and enhance the aromatic effect of the botanicals. Lisa Futterman, chicagotribune.com, "No mere gin and tonic: Spanish craze employs fruits and herbs to pause summer," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On first pour, cover the grounds by just an inch of water. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "Hack Your Coffee: How to Use a French Press the Right Way," 15 Feb. 2015 Choose from pour over, Chemex, Clever, siphon,drip, woodneck, French press, or espresso. Catherine Strawn, Country Living, "Is Columbus, Ohio America's Next Great Coffee City?," 1 Oct. 2014 At dinner, over Werner’s perfect ribeye cap, and with Mulanix’s repeat pours of grüner and grenache, our group in fact had a distinct feeling of wellness. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Introducing Blackberry Mountain, the Idyllic New Resort from Blackberry Farm," 11 Feb. 2019 Hop aboard the Hop Train for a craft beer experience worthy of Napa Valley The Napa Valley Wine Train’s restored vintage railcars have carried oenophiles along the tracks with pours aplenty for over 150 years. Sunset, "Napa’s New Beer Train is a Boozy Summer Dream," 22 Jan. 2018 The Miller Long Bar offers fest-goers full-sized beers, as well as beer flights with four 10 ounce pours for $16. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Live coverage at Summerfest 2017," 28 June 2017 Even if that doesn’t happen, getting the soup out can be tricky without a pour spout on the bowl. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "Meet your favorite kitchen helper: The food processor," 23 Oct. 2018 Strain the mixture into a container with a pour spout using a fine mesh sieve to remove any larger bits of coconut solids. Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "This homemade coconut iced tea is positively dreamy," 27 June 2018 Crack all 12 eggs into a large bowl (ideally with a pour spout). Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Picky, picky: Strategies to get your kids (or yourself) to try new foods," 11 June 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 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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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