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POUR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pour mean? 

POUR (verb)
  The verb POUR has 6 senses:

1. cause to run
2. move in large numbers
3. pour out
4. flow in a spurt
5. supply in large amounts or quantities
6. rain heavily

  Familiarity information: POUR used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


POUR (verb)


Sense 1pour [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to run

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

pour water over the floor

Hypernyms (to "pour" is one way to...):

displace; move (cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense)

Cause:

course; feed; flow; run (move along, of liquids)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "pour"):

decant; pour; pour out; effuse; pour out (pour out)

transfuse (pour out of one vessel into another)

dribble; drip; drop (let or cause to fall in drops)

pour forth; shed; spill (pour out in drops or small quantities or as if in drops or small quantities)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP

Sentence example:

The women pour water into the bowl

Also:

pour down (drink down entirely)


Sense 2pour [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move in large numbers

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

pour; pullulate; swarm; teem; stream

Context examples:

people were pouring out of the theater / beggars pullulated in the plaza

Hypernyms (to "pour" is one way to...):

crowd; crowd together (to gather together in large numbers)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "pour"):

pour out; spill out; spill over (be disgorged)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3pour [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pour out

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

decant; pour out; pour

Context example:

the sommelier decanted the wines

Hypernyms (to "pour" is one way to...):

pour (cause to run)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 4pour [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Flow in a spurt

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

Water poured all over the floor

Hypernyms (to "pour" is one way to...):

course; feed; flow; run (move along, of liquids)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "pour"):

gush; spirt; spout; spurt (gush forth in a sudden stream or jet)

regurgitate (pour or rush back)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP

Sentence example:

Water and oil pour into the bowl


Sense 5pour [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Supply in large amounts or quantities

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

We poured money into the education of our children

Hypernyms (to "pour" is one way to...):

furnish; provide; render; supply (provide or furnish with)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 6pour [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rain heavily

Classified under:

Verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering

Synonyms:

rain buckets; rain cats and dogs; pelt; stream; pour

Context example:

Put on your rain coat-- it's pouring outside!

Hypernyms (to "pour" is one way to...):

rain; rain down (precipitate as rain)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "pour"):

sheet (come down as if in sheets)

sluice; sluice down (pour as if from a sluice)

Sentence frame:

It is ----ing

Sentence example:

It was pouring all day long


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