del·​uge | \ ˈdel-ˌyüj How to pronounce deluge (audio) , -ˌyüzh; nonstandard də-ˈlüj How to pronounce deluge (audio) , ˈdā-ˌlüj \

Definition of deluge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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


deluged; deluging

Definition of deluge (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for deluge

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of deluge in a Sentence

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ouellet said she's received a deluge of phone calls and social media posts lambasting the business, with some threatening to assault her or bomb the building. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, "Viral video shows Scottsdale man telling Black man he's in a 'no (N-word) zone'," 26 Oct. 2020 While Lynn and Rivers took the franchise to a 12-4 record in their second season together before posting a 1-1 mark in the Super Bowl tournament, their third and final season surfaced visible frustration amid a deluge of close defeats. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Chargers reaped apparent bonanza from Philip Rivers’ final rough ride," 26 Oct. 2020 Fact-Checking the Falsehoods: Voters are facing a deluge of misinformation about voting by mail, some prompted by the president. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "How Prepared Are These 7 Battlegrounds for the Election? A Readiness Report," 19 Oct. 2020 But he has already been forced once to give up that approach, when, in the late spring, public health officials in several southern and western states reported a deluge of new cases over the summer. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Trump reelection bid hits third COVID-19 surge," 18 Oct. 2020 Like many Texas elected officials at the time, Haden was receiving a deluge of offers from medical and supply companies, selling masks, gloves, tests and health care solutions. Vianna Davila, ProPublica, "The COVID-19 Charmer: How a Self-Described Felon Convinced Elected Officials to Try to Help Him Profit From the Pandemic," 25 Sep. 2020 The coronavirus pandemic continues to cause a deluge of football schedule changes throughout the Dallas area. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "See the long list of canceled Dallas-area football games, including the big Allen vs. Cedar Hill matchup," 10 Oct. 2020 Both sides have been running a deluge of hard-hitting political ads. Lee Davidson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Burgess Owens was asked to say something nice about Rep. Ben McAdams at forum. He struggled.," 7 Oct. 2020 Instead of comparing the number of people hospitalized with the state's overall population, it should be compared with hospitals' capacity to handle a deluge of coronavirus patients. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to know about the rise in coronavirus hospitalizations in Wisconsin: Why it matters, how it affects residents," 6 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the Sanford area, large numbers of homes and businesses were deluged with water and mud. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer orders state agency to investigate dam failures, despite conflict concerns," 27 May 2020 Hospitals are not deluged with patients, meaning Sourasky is likely not under as much pressure as other facilities in virus hotbeds and can spare the time and protective gear for the final encounters. Isaac Scharf,, "Virus patients at one Israeli hospital are not dying alone," 18 Apr. 2020 Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency has been deluged by people seeking benefits. USA TODAY, "Lonely zoo animals, drive-by salutes, food truck helpers: News from around our 50 states," 14 Apr. 2020 State medical examiners’ offices have been deluged with corpses as violence has escalated in recent years. Mary Beth Sheridan,, "Mexican government says more than 3,000 hidden graves found in the search for the disappeared," 2 Sep. 2019 As the virus spreads, Bergstrom and West have been deluged by calls for help checking suspect claims and have helped clean up Covid-19 misinformation on Twitter and elsewhere. Tom Simonite, Wired, "The Professors Who Call ‘Bullshit’ on Covid-19 Misinformation," 24 Mar. 2020 The Senate passed $484 billion in new pandemic relief funds Tuesday to bolster the small business aid program, pay for coronavirus testing and help hospitals deluged by sick patients. Saijel Kishan,, "Big Investors Warn Hedge Funds on Tapping Small-Business Aid," 28 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, clerks continue to be deluged by absentee ballots. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Absentee ballot frenzy continues in Michigan, with nearly 800,000 sought by voters," 27 Feb. 2020 Salim Khan, an agent in Mumbai who helps people retrieve government documents, said he has been deluged with phone calls since December. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "Muslims in India rush to collect documents as anxiety over citizenship registry spreads," 21 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of deluge


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


1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deluge

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

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

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30 Oct 2020

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“Deluge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of deluge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large amount of rain that suddenly falls in an area
: a situation in which a large area of land becomes completely covered with water
: a large amount of things that come at the same time



English Language Learners Definition of deluge (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give or send (someone) a large amount of things at the same time
: to flood (a place) with water


del·​uge | \ ˈdel-yüj How to pronounce deluge (audio) \

Kids Definition of deluge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a flooding of land by water : flood
2 : a drenching rain
3 : a sudden huge stream of something a deluge of mail


deluged; deluging

Kids Definition of deluge (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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