deluge

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

deluge

verb
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

bath, cataclysm, cataract, flood, flood tide, inundation, Niagara, overflow, spate, torrent

Synonyms: Verb

drown, engulf, flood, gulf, inundate, overflow, overwhelm, submerge, submerse, swamp

Antonyms: Noun

drought (also drouth)

Antonyms: Verb

drain

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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

Kaew, who had no scuba gear with him, scrambled to higher ground, barely escaping the final deluge. Hannah Beech, Richard C. Paddock And Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, "‘Still Can’t Believe It Worked’: The Story of the Thailand Cave Rescue," 12 July 2018 The deluge begins as soon as President Trump names his pick to succeed Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "These six people could decide whether Trump’s nominee will actually join the Supreme Court," 9 July 2018 As China sends a flood of fuel abroad, a giant project in Southeast Asia that’s backed by Saudi Arabia is set to add to the regional deluge. Heesu Lee, Bloomberg.com, "A Saudi-Backed Asia Refinery Is Going to Be a Fuel Juggernaut," 18 May 2018 The comb wasn't solely responsible for my curl turnaround—that's also thanks to the deluge of incredible products now available. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "This $3 Comb Is the Only Brush I’ll Ever Use on My Curls," 30 Apr. 2018 California was a land of extremes well before humans started pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, but Swain says that natural drought-to-deluge boomerang is already turning into whiplash. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "California’s Water Whiplash Is Only Going to Get Worse," 23 Apr. 2018 Neighborhoods near where severe fires burned within the past year are under mandatory evacuation orders because of worries about how the scarred land will react to the deluge. Meghan Bartels, Newsweek, "What Is the Pineapple Express? Extreme California Rain May Cause Flooding, Mudslides," 21 Mar. 2018 With 4:14 to play, Kyle Kadziolka added to the deluge. Sean Begin, courant.com, "Boys Hockey: Farmington Valley Wins Division II Title In Rout Of Defending Champ Guilford," 16 Mar. 2018 India’s financial capital struggles to cope with the monsoon deluge every year, drawing criticism of its poor planning. Washington Post, "Mudslide kills 9 in India’s remote mountainous northeast," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Multiple 911 calls from the 6300 block of Isthmus Court began deluging dispatch phone lines around 4:30 p.m., according to a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department media release. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Two injured in south Sacramento shooting that it up 911 phone lines | The Sacramento Bee," 26 Feb. 2018 One of the only children along that section of the route, she was deluged with candy, necklaces and other trinkets thrown from floats. Zach Despart, Houston Chronicle, "Undaunted by downpours, Lindale Park holds July 4 parade," 4 July 2018 When two popular YouTube video creators quarreled with a bar in Cleveland, the establishment's Yelp page was deluged and some of its staff received death threats. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "This restaurant booted Sarah Sanders, then came the digital pitchforks.," 25 June 2018 But Kirshenbaum still expects Harrisburg will be deluged with notes from employers who don’t think they should be obliged to boost employees’ standard of living or cut their hours without cutting their pay. Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, "Pa. proposal would boost overtime for half a million workers," 26 June 2018 Locals who can remember still talk about the one that deluged the town in 1972. Washington Post, "After pair of 1-in-1000 year floods, a town seeks safeguards," 30 May 2018 The Commerce Department has been deluged with requests from 20,000 companies seeking exemptions. Richard Lardner, The Seattle Times, "Texas pipe mills seek exemptions from Trump’s steel tariff," 25 June 2018 The Commerce Department has been deluged with requests from 20,000 companies seeking exemptions. Washington Post, "Texas pipe mills seek exemptions from Trump’s steel tariff," 25 June 2018 With hospitals pushing patients out the door earlier, nursing homes are deluged with increasingly frail patients. Jordan Rau, chicagotribune.com, "Medicare takes aim at boomerang hospitalizations of nursing home patients," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of deluge

Noun

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

Verb

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deluge

Noun

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

Verb

see deluge entry 1

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deluge

noun

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

deluge

verb

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

deluge

noun
del·uge | \ ˈdel-yüj \

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

deluge

verb
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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