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deluge

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

Definition of deluge

  1. 1a :  an overflowing of the land by waterb :  a drenching rain a deluge causing mudslides in the area

  2. 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

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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deluge

verb del·uge

Definition of deluge

deluged

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deluging

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to overflow with water :  inundate

  3. 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

Origin and Etymology of deluge

see 1deluge


First Known Use: 1593


DELUGE Defined for English Language Learners

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deluge

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

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

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deluge

verb del·uge

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

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noun del·uge \ˈdel-yüj\

Definition of deluge for Students

  1. 1 :  a flooding of land by water :  flood

  2. 2 :  a drenching rain

  3. 3 :  a sudden huge stream of something a deluge of mail


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deluge

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verb del·uge

Definition of deluge for Students

deluged

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deluging

  1. 1 :  2flood 1

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



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