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verb [intransitive] flow pronunciation in British English /fləʊ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleflowing
past tenseflowed
past participleflowed
  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.

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