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

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 Hadid's lengthened brunette continued its glamorous cascade, this time partially bound in a sleek half-up style before giving way to a deluge of soft and glossy waves. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Offers a New Take on Summer's Favorite Makeup Shade," 22 June 2018 But during this extremely dry year, that total almost amounts to a deluge. Robert Krier, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Rain light but most in San Diego is 6 weeks; showers still possible," 2 May 2018 The Tournament’s first- and second-rounds produced a deluge of fantastic finishes and intriguing plots. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Ties that bind: Loyola teammates from Overland Park shine in NCAA Tournament | The Kansas City Star," 21 Mar. 2018 UC Davis Medical Center is bracing for a surge in flu patients as some hospitals in the Bay Area and Southern California suffer medication shortages and put tents outside their facilities to accommodate a deluge of patients in their emergency rooms. Cathie Anderson And Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Is a flu surge headed Sacramento’s way? UC Davis prepares as state death toll jumps | The Sacramento Bee," 19 Jan. 2018 Don’t treat your cacti with a trickle, turn on the taps and let loose a deluge. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "5 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Succulents (And How To Grow 'Em Right)," 9 Feb. 2017 The congregation struggled to handle the deluge of donations: cash, checks and thousands of cards and homemade items. Silvia Foster-frau, San Antonio Express-News, "Sutherland Springs receives millions in donations to massacre relief fund," 8 July 2018 Small businesses that find themselves in the news for whatever reason can now expect a digital deluge of activity on their social media and business pages, some of which are the primary online presence for standalone restaurants and bars. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "This restaurant booted Sarah Sanders, then came the digital pitchforks.," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Steam was pumped into the piston, which was then deluged with cold water to condense the steam, creating a partial vacuum. Charles R. Morris, WSJ, "‘Energy’ Review: The Path to Power," 21 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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