\ 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

Lendu militiamen, some wearing human livers round their necks, poured into the town. The Economist, "Killings in Congo’s north-east spark fears of a return to war," 13 July 2019 Ricks and many other fishermen blame the unprecedented deluge of freshwater pouring into the Gulf. Rocky Kistner, WIRED, "Gulf Fisheries Are Under Siege—Now Comes Tropical Storm Barry," 12 July 2019 Unigov money: Money poured into Indianapolis in the years following the city’s 1970 merger with surrounding Marion County. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Lake Erie’s harmful algal bloom could be worst since 2015: The Wake Up for Friday, July 12, 2019," 12 July 2019 Griffin said she is not bothered by the millions of dollars that McSally has already raised for her race, or the tens of millions that will pour into the high-stakes race on her behalf. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Why a retired teacher from Flagstaff will challenge Martha McSally in 2020 GOP primary," 11 July 2019 There has been a particular emphasis on Amazon Fashion offerings since the company began pouring resources into selling clothes two years ago. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Amazon Prime Day, explained," 11 July 2019 The chocolate mixture is essentially a simple pudding (albeit somewhat thinner than a typical pudding) that is poured into pop molds. Ellie Krieger, The Denver Post, "These 100-calorie chocolate pudding pops will take you back to childhood," 8 July 2019 The chocolate mixture is essentially a simple pudding (albeit somewhat thinner than a typical pudding) that is poured into pop molds. Author: Ellie Krieger, Anchorage Daily News, "These 100-calorie chocolate pudding pops will take you back to childhood," 7 July 2019 Whirl it all together and pour into a 16-ounce cup. Donna Erickson, Twin Cities, "Donna Erickson: Try putting together a smoothie bar for your next summer party," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Order the Maine Blueberry Lemonade, which is a pour of Stoli Blueberry, blueberry simple syrup, and lemon juice. Laurie Wilson, BostonGlobe.com, "Rock on: It’s porch season," 21 June 2019 For each blintz, add a 3-tablespoon pour of the batter to the skillet, then quickly swirl the pan so the batter coats the bottom evenly, creating a thin, crepelike pancake. Bonnie S. Benwick, Twin Cities, "For a dose of comfort, make these classic cheese blintzes," 13 June 2019 Join the two together with a generous pour of syrup, and revel in the balance of sweet and salty. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "A search for the South Side's best soul food turns up stellar dishes and a debate about Southern cooking," 7 June 2019 Beer prices range from $2.50 for a taste of The Heights to $6 for a full pour of Critical Adjustment. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Vennture Brew Co. brings coffee and beer to Washington Heights neighborhood," 11 July 2018 Their signature house cocktail, coined the ROC ($12), was equally refreshing, incorporating bits of fresh strawberries and their juices with a healthy pour of vodka, a dose of lime added to balance out the sweetness. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Italian restaurant is full of potential but has work to do," 20 June 2018 Westbound Court Street will close Saturday between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a concrete pour at the Kroger construction site, according to the City of Cincinnati. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Traffic alert: Westbound Court Street closes Saturday," 6 July 2018 Upstairs at Fred’s, Chanel and Barneys hosted a whimsical dinner for the partnership with ranunculus floral arrangements and unlimited pours of wine. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Chanel Hosts a Magical Dinner to Celebrate Its Barneys New York Pop-Up," 4 Apr. 2019 The mildly sweet squish of marshmallow, perfectly preserved by the liquid-nitrogen pour, floated effortlessly across the nearly grainy matcha-bar texture and flavor. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Yes, we flew to Japan to watch someone pour liquid nitrogen on custom Kit Kats," 28 Oct. 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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