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deluge

noun del·uge \ ˈdel-ˌyüj , -ˌyüzh ; nonstandard də-ˈlüj , ˈdā-ˌlüj \

Definition of deluge

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

Examples of deluge in a Sentence

  1. The deluge caused severe mudslides.

  2. a deluge of thanks and appreciation for the returning troops

Recent Examples of deluge from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of deluge

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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deluge

verb

Definition of deluge

deluged; deluging
transitive verb
1 :to overflow with water :inundate
2 :overwhelm, swamp
  • The store was deluged with complaints.

Examples of deluge in a Sentence

  1. Heavy rains deluged the region.

  2. deluged with requests for help

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DELUGE Defined for English Language Learners

deluge

noun

Definition of deluge for English Language Learners

  • : 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


deluge

verb

Definition of deluge for English Language Learners

  • : to give or send (someone) a large amount of things at the same time

  • : to flood (a place) with water


DELUGE Defined for Kids

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deluge

noun del·uge \ ˈdel-yüj \

Definition of deluge for Students

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

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deluge

verb

Definition of deluge for Students

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


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