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Definition of spurt verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    spurt

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//spɜːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɜːrt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spurt
    BrE BrE//spɜːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɜːrt//
     
    he / she / it spurts
    BrE BrE//spɜːts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɜːrts//
     
    past simple spurted
    BrE BrE//ˈspɜːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspɜːrtɪd//
     
    past participle spurted
    BrE BrE//ˈspɜːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspɜːrtɪd//
     
    -ing form spurting
    BrE BrE//ˈspɜːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspɜːrtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] (of liquid or flames) to burst or pour out suddenly; to produce sudden, powerful streams of liquid or flames spurt (from something) Blood was spurting from her nose. spurt out (of/from something) Red and yellow flames spurted out of the fire. spurt something Her nose was spurting blood. spurt something + adv./prep. The volcano spurted clouds of steam and ash high into the air.
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to increase your speed for a short time to get somewhere faster She spurted past me to get to the line first.
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: of unknown origin.
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