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pourverb

 us   /pɔr, poʊr/
  • pour verb (CAUSE TO FLOW)

[T] to make a ​substanceflow, esp. out of a ​container and usually into another ​container: [T] Pour the ​sugar into the ​bowl. [T] Would you like me to pour you some ​coffee?
  • pour verb (FLOW QUICKLY)

[always + adv/prep] to ​flowquickly and in ​largeamounts, or to ​cause (something) to ​flow in ​largeamounts: [I] Water poured into the ​basement. [I] When the ​movieended, the ​crowd poured into the ​street.
[always + adv/prep] If you say about the ​weather that it is pouring, you ​mean that it is raining ​heavily: [I] You’d ​better take an ​umbrella – it’s pouring out there.
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"pour" in British English

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pourverb

uk   /pɔːr/  us   /pɔːr/
  • pour verb (LIQUID)

B1 [I or T] to make a ​substanceflow from a ​container, ​especially into another ​container, by ​raising just one ​side of the ​container that the ​substance is in: I ​spilled the ​juice while I was pouring it. Pour the ​honey into the ​bowl and ​mix it ​thoroughly with the other ​ingredients. [+ two objects] Would you like me to pour you some more ​wine? Would you like to pour (= pour a ​drink into a ​glass or ​cup) while I ​open some ​bags of ​nuts?

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  • pour verb (LARGE AMOUNTS)

B1 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to (​cause to) ​flowquickly and in ​largeamounts: The ​bus was pouring outthickblackexhaustfumes. The ​government has been pouring ​money intoinefficient state-owned ​industries, and the ​country can no ​longerafford it. I ​felt a ​sharppain and ​looked down to ​seeblood pouring from my ​leg. Refugees have been pouring intoneighbouringcountries to ​escape the ​civilwar. The ​sweat was pouring down her ​face by the end of the ​race. It ​looks as though it's about to pour (with ​rain). I was ​standing in the pouring rain for an ​hourwaiting for my ​bus.
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(Definition of pour from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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