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 Six roads in Carroll County were closed and nearly 400 residences were without power Friday morning in the aftermath of Halloween night’s deluge. Mary Grace Keller,, "Carroll County weather: Roads closed, hundreds lose power after Halloween storm," 1 Nov. 2019 But in Seattle, the megadonors are back, this time with an even larger deluge of cash. Mike Baker, New York Times, "Amazon Tests ‘Soul of Seattle’ With Deluge of Election Cash," 30 Oct. 2019 Aldrich has worked with non-profit BoCo Strong in Boulder, Colorado which was formed in the wake of the state’s historic deluge in 2013, in which more than 18,000 homes suffered some level of flood damage. Paola Rosa-aquino, The New Republic, "The False Comfort of Higher Seawalls," 29 Oct. 2019 The move comes ahead of an event next week where Amazon is expected to unveil its own new streaming Fire TV devices during its typical deluge of hardware announcements. Wired, "Roku Refreshes Its Streaming Players, Refines Software," 19 Sep. 2019 There was a late deluge on the Red Star goal as the Serbian side tired., "Bayern Munich 3-0 Red Star Belgrade: Report, Ratings & Reaction to a Routine Win for FC Hollywood," 18 Sep. 2019 California Democrats previously benefited from an unprecedented deluge of cash in last year’s election. Christine Mai-duc,, "California Rep. Katie Porter outraises other vulnerable House Democrats with $1-million haul," 10 July 2019 But another deluge ended the painstaking process within 30 minutes and eliminated any hope the race would begin on time. Edgar Thompson,, "Coke Zero Sugar 400 delayed until Sunday at 1 p.m. due to storms," 6 July 2019 For the last 24 hours, one name has been the subject of a deluge of tweets: Caroline Calloway. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, "Who is Caroline Calloway? The Instagram influencer Twitter can't stop talking about," 11 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Workers today are deluged by information and by all of the web’s capabilities. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "Microsoft is repositioning Bing as a company search engine," 5 Nov. 2019 In a coastal town in Washington, climate change has a high school junior worried about the floods that keep deluging his school., "Meanwhile, the number of teenagers who say they’re being taught in school how to mitigate climate change appears to be on the decline. Fourteen percent say they have learned ‘‘a lot’’ about the subject, down from 25 percent in 2010, when the Yale Project on Climate Change asked a similar question.," 17 Sep. 2019 In a coastal town in Washington, climate change has a high school junior worried about the floods that keep deluging his school. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "Most teens are frightened by climate change, poll shows," 13 Sep. 2019 With the remnants of Hurricane Florence continuing to deluge the southeastern United States, a small army of drones is being deployed to identify and fix damage caused by flooding. Naureen S. Malik, The Seattle Times, "Drones ready to swoop in for Florence power recovery," 17 Sep. 2018 Harvey deluged the Houston area for days in late August 2017, causing disastrous flooding, claiming dozens of lives, and causing billions of dollars in damage. Jason Hanna, CNN, "Houston is forecast to get its most rain from one storm system since Harvey," 17 Sep. 2019 But the reaction has not been quick enough, as Zao has been deluged by a wave of negative reviews that now sees its App Store rating stand at 1.9 stars out of five, following more than 4,000 reviews. Colum Murphy And Zheping Huang / Bloomberg, Time, "Social Media Users Entranced, Concerned by Chinese Face-Swapping Deepfake App," 4 Sep. 2019 Zao has been deluged by a wave of negative reviews. Colum Murphy, Los Angeles Times, "China’s red-hot face-swapping app provokes privacy concern," 2 Sep. 2019 Two years ago, Astor experienced weeks of flooding and power outages after the river was deluged by Hurricane Irma. Lauren Ritchie,, "Hurricane Dorian: St. Johns reaches 'moderate’ flood stage at Astor, resources deployed to low-lying area," 4 Sep. 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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The first known use of deluge was in the 14th century

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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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