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OUTBREAK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does outbreak mean? 

OUTBREAK (noun)
  The noun OUTBREAK has 1 sense:

1. a sudden violent spontaneous occurrence (usually of some undesirable condition)

  Familiarity information: OUTBREAK used as a noun is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


OUTBREAK (noun)


Sense 1outbreak [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden violent spontaneous occurrence (usually of some undesirable condition)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

outbreak; irruption; eruption

Context example:

the outbreak of hostilities

Hypernyms ("outbreak" is a kind of...):

happening; natural event; occurrence; occurrent (an event that happens)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "outbreak"):

epidemic (a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease; many people are infected at the same time)

recrudescence (a return of something after a period of abatement)


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