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"sour" in British English

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souradjective

uk   /saʊər/  us   /saʊr/
sourly
adverb uk   /ˈsaʊə.li/  us   /ˈsaʊr.li/
sourness
noun [U] uk   /ˈsaʊə.nəs/  us   /ˈsaʊr.nəs/

sourverb [I or T]

uk   /saʊər/  us   /saʊr/

sournoun [C]

uk   /saʊər/  us   /saʊr/ mainly US
(Definition of sour from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sour" in American English

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souradjective

 us   /sɑʊər/
  • sour adjective (TASTE)

(esp. of food) having a sharp taste: The four basic tastes are sweet, salty, bitter, and sour.
  • sour adjective (UNPLEASANT)

unfriendly or unpleasant in manner or attitude: The team’s perfect season went/turned sour after they lost their second straight game.

sourverb

 us   /sɑʊər/
  • sour verb (TASTE)

[I] to become sour: I’m afraid the milk has soured.
  • sour verb (UNPLEASANT)

[I/T] to become bad or unpleasant, or cause someone to feel bad or unhappy: [I] When the economy soured, donations to the charity dried up.
(Definition of sour from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"sour" in Business English

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sourverb [I or T]

uk   us   /saʊər/
to become, or cause to become, less pleasant, friendly, or successful: Meeting clients unexpectedly can sour a relationship. Loans are souring, as bankruptcies and the bad debts they leave behind keep mounting.a market/economy sours Companies and families spend less on travel when the economy sours.

souradjective

uk   us   /saʊər/
no longer successful or pleasant: sour economy/market The economic slump was caused primarily by a sour housing market.
go sour
to fail or become unpleasant: Year-end is traditionally when many investors decide whether to sell stocks that have gone sour.
(Definition of sour from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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