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Synonyms and Antonyms of overflow

  1. 1 a great flow of water or of something that overwhelms <a great overflow of water from the heavy rains swept mud and silt down onto the highway> Synonyms alluvion, bath, cataclysm, cataract, deluge, flood tide, inundation, Niagara, flood, spate, torrentRelated Words current, river, stream, tide; cloudburst, discharge, flush, gush, outflow, outpouring; flux, inflow, influx; engulfment, washout; avalanche, blizzard; cascade, waterfall; excess, glut, overabundance, overage, overkill, overmuch, oversupply, superabundance, superfluity, surfeit, surplusNear Antonyms dribble, drip, trickleAntonyms drought (also drouth)

  2. 2 the state or an instance of going beyond what is usual, proper, or needed <an overflow of help actually made the job more complicated> Synonyms bellyful, fat, overabundance, overage, excess, overkill, overmuch, overplus, oversupply, plethora, plus, redundancy, superabundance, superfluity, surfeit, surplus, surplusageRelated Words abundance, bounty, plentitude, plenty, profusion, sufficiency; overproduction, overstockNear Antonyms dearth, lack, scarcity, wantAntonyms deficiency, deficit, insufficiency, undersupply



Synonyms and Antonyms of overflow

  1. 1 to flow over the brim or top of <while the wine steward stood there gawking at the nearby celebrity, my expensive champagne was overflowing its glass and pouring onto our table> Synonyms overfill Related Words boil over, run over, spill, well (up); flow, flush, gush, pour, sluice, spout, spurt, stream; deluge, drown, engulf, flood, inundate, overwhelm, submerge, submerse, swamp; wash (over); brim, cascade, slop, slosh Near Antonyms recede

  2. 2 to cover with a flood <the swollen river overflowed the surrounding land and washed several houses away> Synonyms deluge, drown, engulf, gulf, inundate, flood, overwhelm, submerge, submerse, swampRelated Words avalanche, smother; overcome, overrun; flow, flush, gush, pour, sluice, spout, spurt, stream; douse (also dowse), drench, soak, wetNear Antonyms dehydrate, dry, parchAntonyms drain

  3. 3 to be copiously supplied <a magazine that usually overflows with home-repair tips for the do-it-yourselfer> Synonyms brim, bristle, bulge, burst, bustle, buzz, crawl, hum, abound, pullulate, swarm, teemNear Antonyms lack, need, want

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February 10, 2016

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