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verb [intransitive] flow pronunciation in British English /fləʊ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleflowing
past tenseflowed
past participleflowed
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  1. 1
    if a liquid flows, it moves smoothly and continuously in one direction
    Her tears began to flow more freely.
    flow through/around/from: Hot water flows through the pipes.
    Blood flowed from the wound on her face.
    flow into: The Sacramento River flows into San Francisco Bay.
    1. b.
      if a line of people or vehicles flows, it moves steadily without stopping
      flow past/by/into: A constant stream of people flowed past.
  2. 2
    if a supply of something flows, it continues without stopping
    We have to keep information flowing within the company.
    flow into/from etc: Millions of pounds of new investment are flowing into the region.
  3. 3
    if words or ideas flow, they follow each other in an easy, natural, continuous way
    The conversation did not flow smoothly.
    When I write, the words just flow from my pen.
  4. 4
    if a feeling flows through you, you suddenly feel it strongly
    flow through/over/into: Excitement and energy seemed to flow right through me.
  5. 6
    informal if alcoholic drinks flow, people drink a lot of them
    Champagne flowed freely all evening.

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