outbreak

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Singular
outbreak

Plural
outbreaks

  1. (countable) If there is an outbreak, a disease suddenly appears in an area and spreads.
    It was the first measles outbreak in the area in thirty years.
  2. (countable) If there is an outbreak of something, it suddenly increases.
    There's been a recent outbreak of broken windows in the street.

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