\ 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 But when you’re done reorganizing you’re knits, pick out your favorite black and white sweater and pour yourself a stiff drink to get through this night. Tierney Mcafee, Country Living, "These ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Halloween Costumes Will Make Every True Fan Say, ‘Ew, David’," 6 Sep. 2019 His impact is evident in the barrage of tributes that have poured in on social media. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, "Memphis BBQ Legend Nick Vergos of Rendezvous Has Died," 6 Sep. 2019 More than 18 restaurants, caterers and food specialty shops will serve up samples, and wine purveyors will pour wines from around the world. La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada area events," 3 Sep. 2019 Randy and Diana Bolstrom are the owners, but friends and family members have poured money, time and labor into the space located on Whispering Wind Drive just north of the Deer Valley Airport. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "How one family's love of beer leads to Phoenix's newest brewery, Front Pourch," 31 Aug. 2019 Walter’s sister, Carolita Jones-Cope, 60, handles calls from the media, which have been pouring in. USA Today, "The founding family you’ve never heard of: The black Tuckers of Hampton, Virginia," 22 Aug. 2019 In recent years, the state has reversed that trend, pouring hundreds of millions of new dollars into intervention. Claudia Rowe, The Seattle Times, "‘Those were the darkest days’: How key budget cuts fueled Washington’s opioid crisis," 18 Aug. 2019 And despite the money being poured into Eskom, there is no clear indication of the overall plan to stabilize the utility’s finances. Seán Mfundza Muller, Quartz Africa, "South Africa’s economy is in a perilous state and is running out of time to get fixed," 7 Aug. 2019 Next to the kitchen, the dining room features soaring windows that pour light into the room. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Renovated midcentury modern home asks $1.29M," 2 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mix all ingredients for the marinade in a cup, the pour into a Ziploc bag with the chicken and massage to distribute marinade evenly. Carrie Knauer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Trio of grilling recipes to get us through the end of summer," 12 Aug. 2019 This Scottsdale Airpark tasting room offers four pours of its California wine for $10. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Want to learn more about wine? These 12 Phoenix tasting rooms can help," 19 June 2019 At one of the wine booths, Wendy Fachruddin gave out pours of red, white and rose wine. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "Wine & Food Week: H-E-B Wine Walk at Market Street draws large crowd for tastings, vino," 7 June 2019 Limited special ticket packages will include a special Brewers mug, a 12-ounce pour of both beers and a vote to determine the winner. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Relievers Josh Hader, Taylor Williams produce specialty beer at MillerCoors as part of Brewers promotion," 7 May 2018 Philz Coffee is opening its second location Sept. 1 near the University of Chicago, serving up pour-over coffee and menu favorites like the Tesora, Jacob’s Wonderbar and an iced mint mojito. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "In-house smoked brisket stars at new Flat & Point in Logan, plus more restaurant openings," 22 Aug. 2019 Minors are welcome; entry is free, and $20 buys five 10-ounce pours and a burger or brat. Andre Meunier, oregonlive, "Oregon beer this week: Fresh hop festival, women in beer discussion, plus events," 6 Sep. 2019 Cost: No entry fee; $1 tokens must be bought to drink 4-, 8- or 16-ounce pours, with costs of various beers differing. Andre Meunier, oregonlive.com, "Oregon beer this week: Hazy Daze at Lardo, Oakshire opening party, plus events," 16 Aug. 2019 For those who prefer a pour, the Tempe brewery, which Anheuser-Busch InBev bought in 2015, will host a Pumpkin Porter release party on Aug. 25 at its Scottsdale and Tempe pubs. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Cheers to pumpkin spice season! Four Peaks' Pumpkin Porter is available now," 13 Aug. 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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5 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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