Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “spurt”

spurt

verb [I or T] uk   /spɜːt/ us    /spɝːt/

spurt verb [I or T] (LIQUID)

to (cause to) flow out suddenly and with force, in a fast stream: Blood was spurting out all over the place. His arm was spurting blood where the vein had been severed.Movement of liquids

spurt verb [I or T] (INCREASE)

mainly US to increase or grow very quickly, or to suddenly increase by a particular amount: Shares of the jewellery store chain spurted $6.Increasing and intensifying

spurt

noun [C] uk   /spɜːt/ us    /spɝːt/

spurt noun [C] (INCREASE)

a sudden and short period of increased activity, effort, or speed: There was a sudden spurt of activity in the housing market. He tends to work in spurts.Increasing and intensifyingIncreasing and decreasing speed of motionBusy and activeHurrying and doing things quickly

spurt noun [C] (LIQUID)

a sudden fast stream of liquid: The water came out in spurts.Movement of liquids
(Definition of spurt from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of spurt?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Busy and active, but you might be interested in these topics from the Working topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “spurt” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

pint

a measure for liquid equal to about half a litre

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More