Word forms: flows
1. verb If a liquid, gas, or electrical current flows somewhere, it moves there steadily and continuously. [V adv/prep] ⇒ A stream flowed gently down into the valley. [V adv/prep] ⇒ The current flows into electric motors that drive the wheels. [V] ⇒ ...compressor stations that keep the gas flowing. Flow is also a noun. ⇒ It works only in the veins, where the blood flow is slower. 2. verb If a number of people or things flow from one place to another, they move there steadily in large groups, usually without stopping. [V prep/adv] ⇒ Large numbers of refugees continue to flow from the troubled region into the no-man's land. [V prep/adv] ⇒ Troops would patrol major roads to ensure that traffic flows freely throughout the country.
Flow is also a noun. [+ of] ⇒ She watched the frantic flow of cars and buses along the street. ⇒ It would monitor traffic flows and provide feedback to motorists.
If information or money flows somewhere, it moves freely between people or organizations. [V prep/adv] ⇒ A lot of this information flowed through other police departments. [V] ⇒ An interest rate reduction is needed to get more money flowing and create jobs.
Flow is also a noun. ⇒ ...the opportunity to control the flow of information.
5. verb If an emotion flows through someone, they feel it very intensely, often so that other people notice it. [literary] surge [V prep] ⇒ In that moment a surge of hatred flowed through my blood. [V prep] ⇒ Waves of emotion flowed across his huge face. 6. verb If a quality or situation flows from something, it comes from it or results naturally from it. stem [V from n] ⇒ Undesirable consequences flow from these misconceptions. [V from n] ⇒ ...the psychological effects that can flow from childhood experiences of sexual abuse. 7. verb
If someone's words flow, they are spoken smoothly and continuously. [V] ⇒ His words flowed more readily.
8. verb If someone's hair or clothing flows about them, it hangs freely and loosely. [literary] [V prep] ⇒ ...a long white dress which flowed over her body. [V-ing] ⇒ ...long black flowing hair. 9. verb If you say that something flows or that a place flows with it, you are indicating that there is a great deal of that thing in the place. [V] ⇒ The wine flowed and we danced the night away. [V with n] ⇒ The square was packed, and the cobbled streets flowed with coloured petals.
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