• IPA: /ˈaʊtbɹeɪk/

outbreak (plural outbreaks)

  1. An eruption; the sudden appearance of a rash, disease, etc.
    Any epidemic outbreak causes understandable panic.
  2. (figurative) 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.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Verb

outbreak (outbreaks, present participle outbreaking; past outbroke, past participle outbroken)

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

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