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: 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 Thornberry’s pushback bolstered a deluge of criticism coming from Democrats, who fumed that the siphoning for the wall would take away funds that were slated for fighter jets like the F-35, Navy ships and National Guard equipment. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Trump’s diversion of Pentagon funds to US-Mexico border wall ruled unconstitutional," 26 June 2020 The deluge of new coronavirus infections continued in California and across the country Thursday, prompting health officials and infectious disease specialists to issue a familiar public warning: Wear masks, and keep your distance from people. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: Are we already in a second wave?," 26 June 2020 This is due to showers staying in place over those areas, providing little relief from the deluge. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Flash flood watch for Houston as stationary storms pummel communities," 25 June 2020 There’s so many good talented people who work on clarity who are consumed by the deluge. David Sims, The Atlantic, "‘Our Problem-Solving Mechanism Has Broken Down’," 24 June 2020 As states ease voting by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic, a deluge of mail-in ballots and glacially slow counting procedures made delays inevitable. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump-backed House candidates lose in Kentucky, N. Carolina," 24 June 2020 Weiss feared that once the SSA began new collections again, his client would be joined in his plight by a deluge of others similarly cheated, similarly confused. Kathryn Joyce, The New Republic, "No Money, No Lawyer, No Justice," 22 June 2020 The tech giants’ experience of the covid-19 pandemic, which has been accompanied by a deluge of online conspiracy theories, disinformation and nonsense, demonstrates the benefits of always keeping humans in the loop. The Economist, "The business world Businesses are finding AI hard to adopt," 11 June 2020 But Schenker and others called the decline in first-time claims for unemployment benefits a positive development, at least in terms of indicating that the deluge of layoffs has been tapering and fewer people overall are losing their jobs. USA TODAY, "Rock Hall, Hard Rock resort, full-service gas: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 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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2 Jul 2020

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“Deluge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 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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