\ 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 inpoured 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 Meanwhile, heat oven or grill to 350 degrees. Drain the pasta and pour cold water over it. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Cheesy, Chopped Barbecue-Stuffed Pasta Shells," 11 Jan. 2021 This collaboration includes her desire to pour her knowledge back into the community and create opportunities for young entrepreneurs. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit salon owner's key to success: Make a space that feels like home to customers," 10 Jan. 2021 Watching the smoke pour off the robot, a Darpa crew member hit the emergency stop. Alex Davies, Wired, "The Autonomous-Car Chaos of the 2004 Darpa Grand Challenge," 6 Jan. 2021 Toss in garlic and jalapeños, then pour orange juice and 1/4 cup lime juice over top. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "Pulled Pork Nachos," 6 Jan. 2021 According to a UN Security Council report from 2003, Lumbala led an armed group called the Rassemblement Congolais pour la démocratie-National (RCD-N), created in 2000 and backed by the Ugandan military during the country's deadly civil war. Sandrine Amiel And Eoin Mcsweeney, CNN, "France opens investigations into former DR Congo rebel leader after Paris arrest," 5 Jan. 2021 In early December 2019, Governor Kemp chose as Mr. Isakson’s successor Ms. Loeffler, a financial services executive with $20 million at the ready to pour into her own campaign. New York Times, "Raphael Warnock, From the Pulpit to Politics, Doesn’t Shy From ‘Uncomfortable’ Truths," 2 Jan. 2021 Arrange the beetroot, carrots, cucumber, needles and juniper berries at the bottom of the jar and pour in the pickling liquid. Lindsay Campbell, Smithsonian Magazine, "You Can Eat Your Christmas Tree. Here’s How to Do It.," 30 Dec. 2020 The class supply list only asks for a cool bottle of champagne, a glass to pour it in, and a knife. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "How to Saber Champagne for Your At-home New Year's Eve Party," 30 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If your wife loves coffee, the Hario V60 is the best pour over coffee maker out there. Rachel Murphy, USA TODAY, "52 meaningful gift ideas your wife will love," 11 Dec. 2020 Some people have drip coffee, Keurigs, or pour-overs. Steve Smith, courant.com, "Drumroll Coffee roasting fresh in Old Wethersfield," 26 Dec. 2020 The first pour is a glass of red or white that isn’t in the flight. Will Coviello, NOLA.com, "Kim Lewis founded Ole' Orleans winery and opened a tasting room on Oretha Castle Haley," 14 Dec. 2020 Distinguishing flavors in his pour-overs (made currently with Sey Coffee out of Brooklyn) holds the same joy as pointing out constellations in the night sky. Patricia Escárcega, Los Angeles Times, "Masks on, bottoms up: 10 places to pick up a drink in L.A.," 10 Dec. 2020 Flights include four wines, usually one white and three reds, and staff will often throw in a bonus pour of an older vintage. Matt Kettmann, SFChronicle.com, "Alta Colina offers casual wines that reflect their winery," 17 Dec. 2020 The memoirist serves tech-start-up millennial here — a very specific subset that reeks of performance fleece, fair-trade pour-over coffee, and those fold-up bicycles. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "The most millennial books of 2020," 15 Dec. 2020 Easy to use, the phin is not too much a departure from my standard pour-over ritual. Joseph Hernandez, Bon Appétit, "This New Vietnamese Coffee Brand Has Refreshed My Daily Caffeine Ritual," 10 Dec. 2020 Drain any excess grease and pour mixture into a 9- by 13-inch baking dish. Combine the vegetables in an even layer on top, then spread the soup over the top. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Tater Tot Hotdish," 2 Dec. 2020

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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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17 Jan 2021

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“Pour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pour. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce pour (audio)

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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