- 1 [transitive] pour something (+ adv./prep.) to make a liquid or other substance flow from a container in a continuous stream, especially by holding the container at an angle Pour the sauce over the pasta. She poured boiling water down the sink. Although I poured it carefully, I still managed to spill some. Pour away as much fat as possible from the roasting pan.
- 2 [intransitive] + adv./prep. (of liquid, smoke, light, etc.) to flow quickly in a continuous stream Tears poured down his cheeks. Thick black smoke was pouring out of the roof. Blood was pouring from the wound. The sweat was pouring off her. Light poured in.
- 3 [transitive, intransitive] to serve a drink by letting it flow from a container into a cup or glass pour (something) Will you pour the coffee? Shall I pour? pour something out I was in the kitchen, pouring out drinks. pour something for somebody I've poured a cup of tea for you. pour somebody something I've poured you a cup of tea.
- 4 [intransitive, transitive] when rain pours down or when it’s pouring (with) rain, rain is falling heavily pour (down) The rain continued to pour down. It's pouring outside. (British English) pour with rain It's pouring with rain. (North American English) pour (down) rain It's pouring rain outside. See related entries: Rain
- 5 [intransitive] + adv./prep. to come or go somewhere continuously in large numbers synonym flood Letters of complaint continue to pour in. Commuters came pouring out of the station. Word Origin Middle English: of unknown origin.Extra examples I’ve poured a cup of tea for you. It’s pouring outside. It’s pouring with rain. Letters and cards poured in with offers of support for the victims. The kitchen door opened and light poured into the hallway.Idioms
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BrE BrE//pɔː(r)//; NAmE NAmE//pɔːr//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pour
BrE BrE//pɔː(r)//; NAmE NAmE//pɔːr//he / she / it pours
BrE BrE//pɔːz//; NAmE NAmE//pɔːrz//past simple poured
BrE BrE//pɔːd//; NAmE NAmE//pɔːrd//past participle poured
BrE BrE//pɔːd//; NAmE NAmE//pɔːrd//-ing form pouring
BrE BrE//ˈpɔːrɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔːrɪŋ//Rain
(saying) used to say that when one bad thing happens to you, other bad things happen soon after to give reasons for not being in favour of something; to criticize something She immediately poured cold water on his plans to expand the business. to try to settle a disagreement or argument to tell somebody all your problems, feelings, etc. to speak about somebody/something in a way that shows that you do not respect them or have a good opinion of them Phrasal Verbspour something into somethingpour outpour somethingout