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
  1. verb
    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
    type of:
    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  2. verb
    pour out
    synonyms: decant, pour out
  3. verb
    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
    type of:
    course, feed, flow, run
    move along, of liquids
  4. verb
    rain heavily
    “Put on your rain coat-- it's pouring outside!”
    synonyms: pelt, rain buckets, rain cats and dogs, stream
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    come down as if in sheets
    sluice, sluice down
    pour as if from a sluice
    type of:
    rain, rain down
    precipitate as rain
  5. verb
    move in large numbers
    “people were pouring out of the theater”
    synonyms: pullulate, stream, swarm, teem
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    pour out, spill out, spill over
    be disgorged
    type of:
    crowd, crowd together
    to gather together in large numbers
  6. verb
    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
Commonly confused words

pore / pour

A pore is small opening in a surface that lets stuff through. To pour, on the other hand, means to flow continuously and rapidly.

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