pours; poured; pouring
pours; poured; pouring
Learner's definition of POUR
1 [+ object] : to cause (something) to flow in a steady stream from or into a container or place
— sometimes used figuratively
He carefully poured the water into her glass.
Pour the sauce over the pasta.
She poured salt into the palm of her hand and then sprinkled it over the stew.
The smokestacks poured out thick clouds of black smoke.
The burst pipe poured out water.
The concrete foundation has been poured.
2 : to fill a cup or glass with a drink for someone
Will you pour (out) the wine? [=will you fill everyone's glass with wine?]
Pour a drink for me, please. = Pour me a drink, please.
Can I pour you some lemonade?
He poured [=served] himself a (cup of) coffee.
3 always followed by an adverb or preposition, [no object] : to flow or move continuously in a steady stream
— often used figuratively
Light poured [=streamed] down from the hole in the roof.
Smoke poured out from the chimney.
Sweat was pouring from her brow.
Music pours out of the dance clubs at night.
All of his pent-up emotion came pouring out.
She started crying, and then the whole story of what happened came pouring out.
Orders for the soap have started to pour in.
Thousands of people poured into the stadium for the game.
People poured out of the subway.
4 a : to rain heavily b of rain : to come down heavily
pour into[phrasal verb]
pour (something) into (something)
: to spend (a large amount of money, time, energy, etc.) on something
pour oil on troubled waterschiefly British
: to try to make peace between people who are arguing
pour on[phrasal verb]
1 pour on (something) or pour (something) on : to produce a lot of (something) in order to achieve something
pour it oninformal
2 a : to talk about something in an emotional way that is not sincere in order to get sympathy, attention, etc. b chiefly US : to do something in a very energetic and effective way
pour out[phrasal verb]
pour out (something) or pour (something) out
: to freely express (an emotion) : to talk freely about (something personal)
I listened while he poured out his anger and frustration.
I'm sorry about pouring out my troubles like this.
She poured out the whole story.
pour your heart/soul outorpour out your heart/soul
: to speak very freely to someone about how your private and most deeply felt emotions
when it rains, it poursorit never rains but it pours