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out·break

outbreak

 
 
pronunciation:
aUt breIk
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sudden breaking out.
Everyone fears an outbreak of war.
synonyms:
burst, eruption, outburst
similar words:
attack, explosion, flurry, gust, rash, rupture, upheaval
definition 2: a sudden breaking out or increase in activity of disease.
There was an outbreak of flu last month.
similar words:
attack, bout, epidemic, invasion, rise
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The word outbreak contains the following part:
out- Old English prefix that means out, outside, outward; beyond, better, more