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inundate

verb in·un·date \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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INUNDATE Defined for Kids

inundate

verb in·un·date \ˈin-ən-ˌdāt\
in·un·dat·edin·un·dat·ing

Definition of INUNDATE for Kids

:  to cover with or as if with a flood <I'm inundated by mail.>

Word Root of INUNDATE

The Latin word unda, meaning wave, gives us the root und. Words from the Latin unda have something to do with waves. To undulate is to move up and down like a wave. To inundate is to cover with a flood of waves. To surround, or encircle on all sides, is to enclose as if by waves. To abound is to be plentiful, like waves in the ocean.

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