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 In Truckee, the deluge of remote workers is hard to miss in the town of 16,000. Liam Dillon Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "The remote work revolution is transforming, and unsettling, resort areas like Lake Tahoe," 30 Apr. 2021 To handle the deluge, students at Sassoon said authorities had weakened rules meant to keep them and patients safe. Star Tribune, "'Cannon fodder': Medical students in India feel betrayed," 27 Apr. 2021 The deluge put the tribal nations that border these parks in a precarious position, with the pandemic raging among Native communities. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Impossibility of Ethical Recreation on Stolen Land," 21 Apr. 2021 One patient became three, three became ten, ten became thirty—an overwhelming deluge of COVID-19 patients. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, "A Doctor’s Dark Year," 20 Apr. 2021 Impeded by an outright deluge of rain and slippery field conditions, the offense often fell apart in midfield. Julia Poe,, "3 things we learned from Orlando Pride NWSL opener against Racing Louisville," 11 Apr. 2021 Heavy rain could also trigger flooding in portions of Tennessee still recovering from last weekend's deluge and floods that left at least seven people dead. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "45M face severe weather risk, including possible tornadoes, in Southeast; snow likely in Northeast," 31 Mar. 2021 The decision is the court's latest swipe at the deluge of election litigation that came before it after former President Donald Trump and his allies denied President Joe Biden's win. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Supreme Court declines Pennsylvania voting dispute months after election," 19 Apr. 2021 The area has flooded nine of the past 10 years, including a 2019 deluge that lasted several months. Leah Willingham, Star Tribune, "Conservation groups sue Engineer Corps over Yazoo Pumps," 14 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In all, a dozen associations along with 70 companies and law firms combined forces to deluge the FAA with comments., "Secrets in the sky," 13 Jan. 2021 Consumers with expensive texting or data plans could end up facing higher costs if debt collectors deluge them with messages. Aimee Picchi, USA TODAY, "Emails, texts from debt collectors? More repayment reminders could be coming under a new rule," 4 Nov. 2020 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

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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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4 May 2021

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“Deluge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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