Definition of outbreak in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaʊtbreɪk/


A sudden occurrence of something unwelcome, such as war or disease: the outbreak of World War II
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  • The country's prisons are so congested that they are prone to disease outbreaks.
  • It will also look at how the outbreaks of the disease in Holland, France and the Republic of Ireland were handled.
  • The combination has lead to the increase in outbreaks of the disease.
eruption, flare-up, upsurge, outburst, epidemic, breakout, sudden appearance, rash, wave, spate, flood, explosion, burst, blaze, flurry
rare recrudescence, ebullition, boutade
start, beginning, onset, breaking out, opening, outset, day one, inception, dawn, genesis
formal commencement

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