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[out-breyk] /ˈaʊtˌbreɪk/
a sudden breaking out or occurrence; eruption:
the outbreak of war.
a sudden and active manifestation:
an outbreak of hives.
an outburst:
an outbreak of temper.
an insurrection, revolt, or mutiny.
a public disturbance; riot.
Origin of outbreak
1595-1605; out- + break Unabridged
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  • There was a sudden outbreak of talk about common ground.
  • Thanks to an unexpected mold outbreak in two residence halls, that far-flung fantasy is about to come true.
  • Not even the threat of a cholera outbreak slowed his pace.
  • We know well that the so acquired mental weakness furnishes effective support for the outbreak of a neurotic disease.
  • Her eyes moistened and her lips contracted as before an outbreak of tears.
  • The dramatic hair loss is caused by mange, a condition spurred by an outbreak of mites.
  • In general, recurrences are much milder than the initial outbreak.
  • The outbreak was blamed on infected tomato plants sold at garden stores.
  • Spring pointed to a common cycle in each outbreak of speculation.
  • The world is in the midst of the largest outbreak of new names in history.
British Dictionary definitions for outbreak


a sudden, violent, or spontaneous occurrence, esp of disease or strife
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Word Origin and History for outbreak

"eruption" (of disease, hostilities, etc.), c.1600, from out + break (v.). Outbreak was a verb in Middle English (c.1300).

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