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outbreak

[ out-breyk ]
/ ˈaʊtˌbreɪk /
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noun
a sudden breaking out or occurrence, especially of something bad or unpleasant; eruption: the outbreak of war.
a sudden and active manifestation: an outbreak of hives.
a sudden increase in the incidence of a disease or medical condition in a particular place or population: a serious outbreak of malaria in northern Uganda;a worldwide polio outbreak in the early 1900s.
an outburst: an outbreak of temper.
an insurrection, revolt, or mutiny.
a public disturbance; riot.
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Origin of outbreak

First recorded in 1595–1605; out- + break
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British Dictionary definitions for outbreak

outbreak
/ (ˈaʊtˌbreɪk) /

noun
a sudden, violent, or spontaneous occurrence, esp of disease or strife
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