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 Automating follow-up observations is just one part of coping with the coming deluge from the VRO. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Big telescopes join hunt for things that go flash in the night," 12 Feb. 2020 Far, far below me — some 800 feet down — the Arkansas River rumbled with its continuous deluge of snowmelt. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "What are via ferratas and why is Colorado so crazy about them?," 2 July 2019 Ronen Tivony/LightRocket via Getty Images LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas, a town known for its glitzy casinos and 24-hour parties, is becoming a top destination for a deluge of Democratic presidential candidates. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "The 2020 Nevada caucuses — and growing political power of the West — explained," 20 June 2019 But not for long While Suu Kyi is not personally on trial at the ICJ, her decision to lead the defense has garnered international attention and a deluge of criticism over her handling of the issue. Laignee Barron, Time, "U.N.'s Top Court Orders Myanmar to Take All Measures to Prevent Genocide Against Rohingya," 23 Jan. 2020 The pair were totally absent from this week’s precursor deluge, despite hefty campaigns behind both. David Canfield,, "5 biggest Oscar takeaways from the first major awards week," 5 Dec. 2019 At least $1 billion in damage was probably incurred, along with at least five deaths from the epic deluge, which scientists estimate had a return period of once-in-1,200 years., "But the flooding wasn’t a freak occurrence in this region, having followed other heavy rains in 2016, 2017, and 2018. The biggest and most damaging event was 2017’s Hurricane Harvey, which set a national rainfall record for the heaviest rain in a tropical system, at 60.58 inches.," 28 Sep. 2019 Millman-Rinaldi pushed back against some critics who have said Detroit's dog issue stems solely from a deluge of pit bull breeds and mixes on the city's streets — there needs to be a greater push around dog ownership education. Kat Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Chained and neglected: Detroit's dog problem persists despite child deaths," 28 Aug. 2019 After a deluge of complaints, organizers returned the award to the company months after CES ended. Chris Morris, Fortune, "CES Cannabis Conundrum: Makers of Award-Winning Product Can’t Mention Its Purpose," 7 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But nothing spoke more of the powerlessness of modernization against natural disasters than rows of bullet trains deluged in floodwaters in Nagano, a mountainous region to the northwest of Tokyo. Yuri Kageyama,, "Flooded bullet trains show Japan’s risks from disasters," 17 Oct. 2019 But nothing spoke more of the powerlessness of modernization against natural disasters than rows of bullet trains deluged in floodwaters in Nagano, a mountainous region to the northwest of Tokyo. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Flooded bullet trains show Japan’s risks from disasters," 15 Oct. 2019 They’re proposed by some as the solution to beaches deluged with plastic and fish bellies stuffed with bottle caps. Troy Farah, Ars Technica, "Bioplastics continue to blossom—are they really better for the environment?," 20 Jan. 2020 Soon after my article was published, Sift was deluged with over 16,000 requests, forcing it to hire a vendor to deal with the crush. Kashmir Hill, New York Times, "Want Your Personal Data? Hand Over More Please," 15 Jan. 2020 Once again she was deluged with hundreds and hundreds of songs — and dozens and dozens were just so clever. Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1361: 2020 vision: The year in preview," 5 Dec. 2019 They are deluged with requests for selfies, or simply for handshakes. Rory Smith, New York Times, "For Fans, by Fans, Against the Club," 29 Nov. 2019 Smoked salmon tartine — layered with Arabic nuances of eggplant labneh, olives, cucumbers and za’atar — or a blue corn pupusa deluged with crema, salsa, avocado, mushroom and fried egg pique food obsessives seeking flavors of the moment. Los Angeles Times, "This is the L.A. restaurant our critic recommends more than any other," 19 Sep. 2019 The agency said the southeastern Tokai region could be deluged by close to 40 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. New York Times, "Typhoon Hagibis Could Match Fury of 1958 Storm That Killed 1,200 in Japan," 11 Oct. 2019

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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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23 Feb 2020

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“Deluge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 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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