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inundate

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verb in·un·date \ˈi-(ˌ)nən-ˌdāt\

Simple Definition of inundate

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of inundate

inundated

inundating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cover with a flood :  overflow

  3. 2 :  overwhelm <was inundated with phone calls>

inundation

play \ˌi-(ˌ)nən-ˈdā-shən\ noun

inundator

play \ˈi-(ˌ)nən-ˌdā-tər\ noun

inundatory

play \i-ˈnən-də-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of inundate in a sentence

  1. Rising rivers could inundate low-lying areas.

  2. <water from the overflowing bathtub inundated the bathroom floor>



Origin and Etymology 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

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verb in·un·date \ˈin-ən-ˌdāt\

Definition of inundate for Students

inundated

inundating

  1. :  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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