deluge

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noun

del·​uge ˈdel-ˌyüj How to pronounce deluge (audio)
-ˌyüzh;
nonstandard
də-ˈlüj How to pronounce deluge (audio)
ˈdā-ˌlüj
1
a
: an overflowing of the land by water
b
: a drenching rain
a deluge causing mudslides in the area
2
: an overwhelming amount or number
received a deluge of angry phone calls

deluge

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verb

deluged; deluging

transitive verb

1
: to overflow with water : inundate
2
: overwhelm, swamp
The store was deluged with complaints.

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Example Sentences

Noun The deluge caused severe mudslides. a deluge of thanks and appreciation for the returning troops Verb Heavy rains deluged the region. deluged with requests for help
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The southeastern edge of Puerto Rico was inundated by historic flooding due to a deluge of 30 inches of rain, the NWS said. Joe Mario Pedersen, Orlando Sentinel, 20 Sep. 2022 Parts of the world are lurching from drought to deluge. Seth Borenstein, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Aug. 2022 The humidity is now a full-on deluge, which brings in yet more REI wind pants and Lululemons. Ed Schrader, SPIN, 6 Sep. 2022 National Weather Service meteorologist Torry Gaucher said rainfall rates on Tuesday were nowhere close to Monday’s deluge that flooded parts of Interstate 95 in Providence and left Cranston as the place where the most rain fell. Shannon Larson, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Sep. 2022 The Big One is overdue, and experts have long warned that a mega-deluge, created by a relentless month-long rainstorm, could transform the Central Valley into a temporary inland sea. Ingfei Chen, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2022 In the aftermath of the arrest, with the news ricocheting across the internet, the detectives investigating the case experienced a deluge of tips and additional allegations against Weinberg, prompting them to request more resources from the LAPD. Samuel Braslow, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Sep. 2022 Anyone who doesn’t escape before the deluge hits would be unlikely to survive. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Aug. 2022 This deluge forced authorities to make dozens of emergency water rescues, as quickly forming floods left drivers and area residents submerged under several feet of water. Michael Murney, Chron, 25 Aug. 2022
Verb
Some shipping executives are skeptical that boxships from China will deluge U.S. and European ports in the months ahead. Costas Paris, WSJ, 6 May 2022 Experts point towards a lagging vaccination program and a failure in government messaging as factors behind the surge, which is now threatening to deluge hospitals across the country. Tara John, CNN, 20 Oct. 2021 In its desire to showcase all those shiny new ideas, Far Cry 6 puts its story on the backburner to deluge you with tutorials for countless new modes, upgrades, and abilities. Matt Gardner, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 Nicholas, the sixth Atlantic hurricane of 2021, is expected to deluge southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana with torrential rain for several days, posing a threat to flood-prone Houston and other low-lying areas. Robin Webb, sun-sentinel.com, 14 Sep. 2021 Newsom’s opportunity to deluge the state with financial assistance is unlikely to convert the most stalwart Republican voter. Melanie Mason Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2021 In all, a dozen associations along with 70 companies and law firms combined forces to deluge the FAA with comments. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Jan. 2021 Consumers with expensive texting or data plans could end up facing higher costs if debt collectors deluge them with messages. Aimee Picchi, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 2020 In the Sanford area, large numbers of homes and businesses were deluged with water and mud. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 27 May 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French deluje, from Latin diluvium, from diluere to wash away, from dis- + lavere to wash — more at lye

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of deluge was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Deluge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deluge. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition

deluge 1 of 2

noun

del·​uge ˈdel-yüj How to pronounce deluge (audio)
1
: a flooding of land by water : flood
2
: a drenching rain
3
: a sudden huge stream of something
a deluge of mail

deluge

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verb

deluged; deluging
1
2
: to overwhelm as if with a flood
We were deluged by questions.

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