inundate


in·un·date

verb \ˈi-(ˌ)nən-ˌdāt\

: to cause (someone or something) to receive or take in a large amount of things at the same time

: to cover (something) with a flood of water

in·un·dat·edin·un·dat·ing

Full Definition of INUNDATE

transitive verb
1
:  to cover with a flood :  overflow
2
:  overwhelm <was inundated with phone calls>
in·un·da·tion \ˌi-(ˌ)nən-ˈdā-shən\ noun
in·un·da·tor \ˈi-(ˌ)nən-ˌdā-tər\ noun
in·un·da·to·ry \i-ˈnən-də-ˌtr-ē\ adjective

Examples of INUNDATE

  1. Rising rivers could inundate low-lying areas.
  2. <water from the overflowing bathtub inundated the bathroom floor>

Origin of INUNDATE

Latin inundatus, past participle of inundare, from in- + unda wave — more at water
First Known Use: 1590

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