To pour is to flow rapidly in a steady stream, or to cause something to flow. You can pour good coffee into a cup and pour bad coffee down the drain.

You can pour your heart out, pour a cup of orange juice into or out of a cup, or watch the rain pour down while a poem pours from your lips. A jet of water may pour from a spout. Listen to how the water pours in this poem from Lewis Carroll's book, Alice in Wonderland: “How doth the little crocodile / Improve his shining tail, / And pour the waters of the Nile, / On every golden scale!”

Definitions of pour

v cause to run

pour water over the floor”
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pour forth, shed, spill
pour out in drops or small quantities or as if in drops or small quantities
dribble, drip, drop
let or cause to fall in drops
pour out of one vessel into another
effuse, pour out
pour out
decant, pour out
pour out
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displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v pour out

decant, pour out

v flow in a spurt

“Water poured all over the floor”
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gush, spirt, spout, spurt
gush forth in a sudden stream or jet
pour or rush back
flow intermittently
spout moist air from the blowhole
gush or squirt out
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course, feed, flow, run
move along, of liquids

v rain heavily

“Put on your rain coat-- it's pouring outside!”
pelt, rain buckets, rain cats and dogs, stream
come down as if in sheets
sluice, sluice down
pour as if from a sluice
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rain, rain down
precipitate as rain

v move in large numbers

“people were pouring out of the theater”
pullulate, stream, swarm, teem
pour out, spill out, spill over
be disgorged
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crowd, crowd together
to gather together in large numbers

v supply in large amounts or quantities

“We poured money into the education of our children”
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furnish, provide, render, supply
give something useful or necessary to

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