\ 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 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

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 That’s especially true here in the Deep South, where white Trump supporters have been pouring into voting booths to support GOP candidates, leaving African Americans as one of the sole reliably Democratic constituencies. Tim Craig, Washington Post, "In a bid for reelection, Louisiana’s governor seeks to reverse weak turnout from black voters," 15 Nov. 2019 Photos surfaced of shopkeepers struggling to minimize the damage as water poured into their stores. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Venice's famous canals are flooded and the mayor blames climate change," 14 Nov. 2019 His grip on power swiftly began to erode as the opposition said the vote had been rigged and protesters poured into the streets. BostonGlobe.com, "LA PAZ, Bolivia — With the backing of the military, Bolivia’s interim president, Jeanine Añez Chavez, met with advisers Wednesday to appoint a new Cabinet even as backers of former President Evo Morales pledged to disrupt the new government and nullify Añez’s climb to power.," 14 Nov. 2019 Final game for a 'legend' Former players and coaches and teachers and friends poured into the Panthers stadium in October 2005. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Beloved Knightstown football coach Don Willard dies; he crafted his own 'Hoosiers' story," 14 Nov. 2019 Americans and Europeans warned against pouring public funds into domestic firms to match the subsidies that China’s companies enjoy. The Economist, "The West is now surer that China is not about to liberalise," 14 Nov. 2019 Champagne, poured into Waterford crystal flutes, is part of the rental. oregonlive, "Bend ranks 4th in U.S. as a vacation rental hot spot. Here are 10 getaways, from funky to fancy," 14 Nov. 2019 When SoftBank pours hundreds of millions of dollars into companies, many contractors who work with those money-losing companies are left holding the bag. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Who Really Loses Out When Well-Funded Startups Don’t Deliver?," 13 Nov. 2019 As the news broke, jubilant Hindus poured into Ayodhya’s streets and distributed sweets to celebrate the verdict, but police soon persuaded them to return to their homes. Sheikh Saaliq, SFChronicle.com, "India’s Supreme Court favors Hindus in dispute over religious site," 9 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The restaurant’s excellent beer list will also be discounted, with 18 ounce pours going for $5. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Mama Bird reopens today with new smoke ‘scrubber,’ free chicken giveaway," 15 Nov. 2019 General admission tickets include a Glow Stein for one free pour at each of the four Full Court Press stops. USA TODAY, "Surfboard proposal, Duke dorm opossum, Sky Bar’s back: News from around our 50 states," 15 Nov. 2019 Pile into prepared bottom crust and pour juices over top. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Pear and Berry Crumb Pie," 28 Oct. 2019 What to eat: Go for a burrito, and get it during one of CB’s two daily happy hours, when the city’s most generous wine pours are 2-for-1. Josie Sexton, The Know, "Colorado’s 13 most iconic, historic restaurants and what to order when you’re there," 23 Oct. 2019 Get a buck off signature cocktails. $2 off single pour liquors and $6 select wines by the glass. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "13 places for happy hour in Tempe," 13 Sep. 2019 Create a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the liquid. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "La Cocina recipe: Reem Assil’s Savory Lamb Turnovers (Sfeeha)," 24 Aug. 2019 Under the maroon and gold tent at Wine Lands, which showcases almost four dozen wineries mostly from Northern California, workers poured into reusable plastic cups, with markings for one ounce, four ounce and eight ounce pours. Melia Russell, SFChronicle.com, "At Outside Lands, not a plastic bottle or straw in sight," 9 Aug. 2019 In some cases, a 20-ounce pour comes out to roughly the same price as a 20-ounce bottle of Dasani. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Coke and Pepsi Want to Sell You Bottled Water Without the Bottle," 21 June 2019

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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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19 Nov 2019

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The first known use of pour was in the 14th century

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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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