pour


pour
verb
1 LIQUID (T) to make a liquid or a substance such as salt or sand flow out of or into a container: pour sth into/out/down etc: Kim poured some water into a glass. | You might as well pour the oil down the drain. | pour sb sth: Why don't you pour yourself another drink?
2 TEA also pour out (I) BrE to fill cups with tea: Shall I pour or will you?
3 LIQUID/SMOKE (intransitive always + adv/prep) to flow quickly and in large amounts
(+ from/down/out): Smoke was pouring out of the chimney.
4 ARRIVE/LEAVE (intransitive always + adv/prep) if people or things pour into or out of a place, a lot of them arrive or leave at the same time
(+ into/from/through): The men poured into the hall for the meeting. | Offers of help poured in from all over the country.
5 RAIN also pour down (I) to rain heavily without stopping: The rain poured down endlessly. | it's pouring/it poured: It poured all night. | It's pouring rain/hail etc AmE: It's pouring rain out there!
6 pour money/aid/dollars into to provide a lot of money over a period of time to pay for something: pouring millions of dollars into education
7 pour cold water over/on to spoil someone's plan, idea or keenness to do something by criticizing them: pouring cold water on suggestions that he might resign
8 pour oil on troubled waters to try to stop a quarrel by talking to people and making them calmer
9 pour scorn on to say that something or someone is stupid and not worth considering: The press is pouring scorn on the `do nothing' Congress.
10 pour well if a container pours well, you can pour liquid easily from it
11 pour it on informal to tell someone about a situation in a way that makes it seem much worse than it really is, in order to make them feel sorry for you: She was really pouring it on.
pour sth out phrasal verb (T) if you pour out your thoughts, feelings etc, you tell someone everything about them, especially because you feel very unhappy: pour sth out to sb: Liam poured out his feelings of loneliness to Laura. | pour out your heart/soul (=tell someone all your feelings including your most secret ones)

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • Pour — Pour, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Poured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pouring}.] [OE. pouren, of uncertain origin; cf. W. bwrw to cast, throw, shed, bwrw gwlaw to rain.] 1. To cause to flow in a stream, as a liquid or anything flowing like a liquid, either out of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pour — Pour, v. i. To flow, pass, or issue in a stream, or as a stream; to fall continuously and abundantly; as, the rain pours; the people poured out of the theater. [1913 Webster] In the rude throng pour on with furious pace. Gay. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pour — Pour, n. A stream, or something like a stream; a flood. [Colloq.] A pour of rain. Miss Ferrier. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pour — Pour, a. Poor. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pour — Pour, v. i. To pore. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pour — (fr., spr. Puhr), für. P. faire visite (spr. P. fähr wisit, abgekürzt p. f. v.), um Visite zu machen. P. la bonne bouche (spr. P. la bonn busch), s. u. Bouche. P. la vertu militaire (spr. P. la wertü militär) u. P. le mérite, s. u. Verdienstorden …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • POUR — Préposition qui sert à marquer Le motif, ou la cause finale, ou la destination. Dieu donne à l homme pour soutiens l espérance et la résignation. Cet homme fait de l exercice pour sa santé. Il est arrivé du vin pour votre provision. Ces chevaux… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • Pour — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Sur les autres projets Wikimedia : « Pour », sur le Wiktionnaire (dictionnaire universel) Pour est un fleuve de Russie ; POUR, revue… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • pour — 1. verb /pɔː,pɔːr,poʊr/ a) To cause to flow in a stream, as a liquid or anything flowing like a liquid, either out of a vessel or into it to pour water from a pail; to pour wine into a decanter; to pour oil upon the waters; to pour out sand or… …   Wiktionary

  • pour — pourable, adj. pourability, n. pourer, n. pouringly, adv. /pawr, pohr/, v.t. 1. to send (a liquid, fluid, or anything in loose particles) flowing or falling, as from one container to another, or into, over, or on something: to pour a glass of… …   Universalium

  • pour — See: IT NEVER RAINS BUT IT POURS …   Dictionary of American idioms


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