- A sudden occurrence of something unwelcome, such as war or disease: the outbreak of World War IIMore example sentences
eruption, flare-up, upsurge, outburst, epidemic, breakout, sudden appearance, rash, wave, spate, flood, explosion, burst, blaze, flurrystart, beginning, onset, breaking out, opening, outset, day one, inception, dawn, genesis• formal commencement
- 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.