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 Dictionary entry overview: What does outbreak mean? 

  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 


Sense 1outbreak [BACK TO TOP]


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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events


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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