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spate

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noun \ˈspāt\

Simple Definition of spate

  • : a large number of things that appear or happen in a short period of time

Full Definition of spate

  1. 1 :  freshet, flood

  2. 2a :  a large number or amount <a spate of books on gardening>b :  a sudden or strong outburst :  rush <a spate of anger>

Examples of spate

  1. A spate of books on the subject have come out recently.

  2. There was a spate of corporate mergers in the 1980s.



Origin of spate

Middle English


First Known Use: 15th century




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