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

alluvion, 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


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Examples of deluge in a Sentence


The deluge caused severe mudslides. a deluge of thanks and appreciation for the returning troops


Heavy rains deluged the region. deluged with requests for help
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Right now, Capitol Hill staff are confronting a deluge of constituent email, but much of it is prompted by activist groups and is relatively low-quality. Richard Skinner, Vox, "Technology and transparency: the path to a modern Congress?," 26 June 2019 New York City is building a patchwork of waterfront parks designed to absorb the energy of incoming water and to drain deluges of rainwater. National Geographic, "As the climate crisis worsens, cities turn to parks," 21 May 2019 The planet is constantly bombarded by stuff from space, including a daily deluge of micrometeorites and a shower of radiation from the sun and more-distant stars. Quanta Magazine, "How Nearby Stellar Explosions Could Have Killed Off Large Animals," 15 Jan. 2019 A few weeks ago, Bakker’s 60-year-old mother was trying to scoop a bit of soil out of their shelter when a deluge of mud crashed through their tarp wall, knocking her to the ground and burying her up to her thighs. Kristen Gelineau, The Seattle Times, "Nowhere to run: Rohingya hunker down as monsoon season arrives," 17 July 2018 This crumbling of industry-wide borders has allowed for a messier, more relentless deluge of music, but its outcome has given rise to one of the most promising and artistically nourishing epochs in recent memory. Jason Parham, WIRED, "2019's Top Contenders for the Song of Summer," 4 June 2019 But the threat of a deluge raised the possibility of flooding in the area of a stubborn blaze in the southwestern corner of the state. NBC News, "Weather grants some relief as wildfires burn in West amid heatwave," 7 July 2018 Did the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court contribute to the deluge of migrants at the nation’s southern border? Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "The Court-Ordered Caravan Deluge," 10 Apr. 2019 Hair Baubles Dazzle From Every Angle From the catwalks to the streets, a deluge of hair accessories defined the month. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "9 Beauty Trends That Blew Up on the Fall 2019 Runways," 8 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Former colleagues deluged Schaffer, who had left the company in 2009, with bewildered e-mails and texts. Neima Jahromi, The New Yorker, "The Fight for the Future of YouTube," 8 July 2019 Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in late September 2017, and deluged the island with up to 38 inches of rain, triggering flash floods and landslides. David Fleshler,, "A new top killer emerges in hurricanes, and many blame climate change," 28 June 2019 Some northwest suburbs, including Arlington Heights, were deluged with almost two inches of rain during thunderstorms Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, "Nearly 2 inches of rain hits some Cook County communities, more rain on the way," 24 June 2019 The state licensing authority was suddenly deluged with applications for sites in Santa Barbara County — many filed by companies from Northern California and Los Angeles. Joe Mozingo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The world’s largest pot farms, and how Santa Barbara opened the door," 12 June 2019 Los Angeles has been deluged with requests to clean up homeless encampments in recent years. Doug Smith,, "L.A. is swamped with 311 complaints over homeless camps. But are the cleanups pointless?," 7 June 2019 Los Angeles has been deluged with requests to clean up homeless encampments in recent years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "L.A. is swamped with 311 complaints over homeless camps. But are the cleanups pointless?," 7 June 2019 Watch or not, you will be deluged by postmortems, hot takes, tweets, TV segments and panel debates. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Why You Shouldn't Watch Trump's Oval Office Address Tonight," 8 Jan. 2019 That day, employees deluged the site with 193 reviews, more than the company had received in the entire month up to that point. Andrea Fuller, WSJ, "How Companies Secretly Boost Their Glassdoor Ratings," 22 Jan. 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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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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