\ 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 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tributes continue to pour in for Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who died suddenly on March 25 in Bogota at the age of 50. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 30 Mar. 2022 Investors continue to pour money into infrastructure, drawn by the stable, recurring returns these assets can generate. Dinesh Nair, Bloomberg.com, 22 Mar. 2022 The company has produced around 700 pairs of army boots and requests continue to pour in. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, 13 Mar. 2022 Immense volumes of capital continue to pour into multifamily real estate from out of state and overseas, as the state’s quality of life and job growth keep its economy humming. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Mar. 2022 Meantime, donations from the global IT community continue to pour in. Erin Prater, Fortune, 5 Mar. 2022 But after that is achieved, the tens of millions that continue to pour in are highly unlikely to change the outcome. Michael Sokolove, The New Republic, 14 Feb. 2022 As donations continue to pour in, Manning says she's been overwhelmed by the massive response. Michelle Boudin, PEOPLE.com, 8 Feb. 2022 Tributes continue to pour in over social media that prove just how many people knew and loved the native New Yorker, who died at 47. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun During a typical fall, almost a million chum salmon pour into Alaska’s Yukon River, a torrent of wild fish that has sustained the economy and Indigenous culture in the far north for generations. Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Mar. 2022 Later, his regular customers will gather for music, corned beef sandwiches and a cold pour, or maybe a game of darts between friends. cleveland, 17 Mar. 2022 During a typical fall, almost a million chum salmon pour into Alaska’s Yukon River, a torrent of wild fish that has sustained the economy and Indigenous culture in the far north for generations. Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2021 The outsole is transparent and captures the pour of maple syrup underneath the new SPIKEMORE traction system. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 4 Apr. 2022 One consumer will also be surprised with a custom Pepsi Spout, inspired by the iconic IHOP syrup pitchers, that will produce the perfect pour. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, 24 Mar. 2022 While some buyers view larger bottles of wine as merely an investment, others look for a more impressive pour. Mike Desimone, Robb Report, 10 Apr. 2022 Taco Boy's in Tempe recently added self-pour beer on tap as well. Joining the downtown Phoenix and Tempe restaurants, the new West Valley location is slated to open in April 2022. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 22 Feb. 2022 Products include ground coffee, whole bean coffee, a mug and a pour over. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Pour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pour. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for pour


\ 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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