outbreak

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English outbreken, oute-breken, from Old English ūtābrecan (to break out), equivalent to out- +‎ break. Cognate with Saterland Frisian uutbreeke (to break out; burst out), West Frisian útbrekke (to break out), Dutch uitbreken (to break out, burst out), German ausbrechen (to break out, erupt).

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outbreak (plural outbreaks)

  1. An eruption; the sudden appearance of a rash, disease, etc.
    Any epidemic outbreak causes understandable panic.
  2. (figuratively) An outburst or sudden eruption, especially of violence and mischief.
    There has been an outbreak of broken windows in the street.
  3. A sudden increase.
    There has been an outbreak of vandalism at the school.
  4. A geological layer that breaks out.

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Verb[edit]

outbreak (third-person singular simple present outbreaks, present participle outbreaking, simple past outbroke, past participle outbroken)

  1. (intransitive) To burst out.
  2. (intransitive) To break forth.

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