\ 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 Evidence continues to pour in, but a 5 minute television hit is not my focus now. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Sidney Powell fires back: Tucker Carlson was 'insulting, demanding, and rude'," 20 Nov. 2020 The miso adds nuttiness and a boost of salt to this vegan gravy; pour it over roasted vegetables for a serious flavor boost! Vegan Beans and Gravy. Washington Post, "6 gravy recipes to pour over your mashed potatoes — and anything else this Thanksgiving," 19 Nov. 2020 Gorgeous, nearly floor-to-ceiling European-style windows allow light to pour in from multiple views throughout the day. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "The Ultimate Collector's Kitchen," 18 Nov. 2020 The second was the lack of stringent limits on campaign financing, allowing businesses to pour money into candidates and buy influence. Anatoly Kurmanaev, New York Times, "Peru Chooses 3rd President in a Week Amid Street Protests," 16 Nov. 2020 When ready to assemble, melt the second tablespoon of ghee and pour into a small bowl. Pooja Bavishi, TheWeek, "The Indian-inspired dessert I make to celebrate my hybrid-culture Diwali," 14 Nov. 2020 Uncommon Goods has a kitchen-to-table set of stoneware nesting bowls ($140) with scoop-style handles and narrow spouts to pour batter, serve gravy or portion side dishes. oregonlive, "Is your kitchen equipped for the holidays? Huge sales on big appliances to cool tools will inspire home chefs," 13 Nov. 2020 Delish recommends adults pour in just a touch of champagne for a Friday night kick. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Disney Just Shared Its Delicious POG Recipe so You Can Have Hawaii in a Glass," 11 Nov. 2020 Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google had sucked up most of the disruption oxygen in tech, and entrepreneurial types were already interested in biotech as a thing to pour money on. Adam Rogers, Wired, "The Strange and Twisted Tale of Hydroxychloroquine," 11 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Much of that is captured in the crema, the beautiful, Guinness-like layer of froth atop a perfect pour. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "The affogato: a cool, caffeinated celebration of espresso," 20 Nov. 2020 Drip, pour-over, cold brew, espresso machines, the list goes on. Samantha Matt, USA TODAY, "36 amazing gifts from Nordstrom that anyone would love," 19 Nov. 2020 When the popping slows down, about 3 minutes total on the stove, remove pot and pour popped popcorn onto sheet pan. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Edible bites for Election Night," 28 Oct. 2020 Just this week, Tim Carman taught us how to make an excellent coffee pour-over at home. The Washington Post, "Free Range on Food cooking Q&A: Skills and recipes readers picked up during the pandemic," 21 Oct. 2020 This classic Texas red chili brings together ground beef with tomatoes, spices, garlic and a good pour of Texas’ Lone Star beer. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Lone Star Beer Chili," 9 Nov. 2020 Eatapas features 80 global wines, most by-the-bottle, with by-the-glass starting a $8 a pour. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Eatapas, a Spanish kitchen in Fort Lauderdale, dishes paella, tableside sangria and flamenco," 19 Oct. 2020 Bolton served the classic cocktail as a pour-over so guests controlled how much of the drink went over the ice cube. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Maple Syrup Ice Cubes Will Add Fall Vibes to Your Iced Coffee, Cocktails, and More," 24 Sep. 2020 Here is a simple set for those who are ready to try pour-over brewing at home. NBC News, "International Coffee Day 2020: Best coffee makers and grinders," 2 Apr. 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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24 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pour. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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