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Definition of flood

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a rising and overflowing of a body of water especially onto normally dry land The flood inundated the whole area. also : a condition of overflowing rivers in flood
b capitalized : a flood described in the Bible as covering the earth in the time of Noah
2 : the flowing in of the tide
3 : an overwhelming quantity or volume received a flood of phone calls also : a state of abundant flow or volume or of greatest activity often used in the phrase in full flood a debate in full flooda political movement in full flood


flooded; flooding; floods

Definition of flood (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover with a flood : inundate
2a : to fill abundantly or excessively flood the market
b : to supply an excess of fuel to (an engine, a carburetor, etc.) so that engine operation is hampered

intransitive verb

1 : to pour forth, go, or come in a flood
2 : to become filled with a flood

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Other Words from flood


flooder noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for flood

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of flood in a Sentence

Noun A flood inundated the whole area. the devastating flood of 1936 The water has risen to flood level. We've received a flood of mail. a flood of phone calls Seeing her again brought back a flood of memories. Verb Heavy rains flooded the valley. The rivers are close to flooding. The valley flooded after the heavy rains. The plain floods every spring. The room was flooded with light. The company plans to flood the market with this product. The office has been flooded with phone calls. The phone calls have been flooding in. Refugees flooded into the camp. Light flooded into the room.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And some apartment managers, hoping to fill units in a market that had a recent flood of new buildings, are offering incentives and move-in specials. oregonlive, "Portland’s pandemic-era apartment buildings: Tenants win with rent incentives, but gyms may go away," 25 June 2020 At oral argument, the government said that allowing judicial review would prompt a flood of requests and place additional burdens on an immigration system already under strain. Robert Barnes, BostonGlobe.com, "Supreme Court says rejected asylum-seekers have no right to object in court," 25 June 2020 Summer in the Bay Area usually brings a flood of interns, students and new workers who fill spare rooms and snatch up months-long Airbnb vacancies. Anna Kramer, SFChronicle.com, "Need to find a subletter in the Bay Area this summer? Good luck," 23 June 2020 Disappointed customers wasted no time venting their frustrations on Twitter, saying Disney should have been more prepared for a flood of online traffic to its system. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "Disney World's reservation system sees glitches as reopening dates sell out," 23 June 2020 As the weather gets cooler, the last two hours of the flood is optimal. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "How To Catch a 50-Pound Striper From The Surf," 22 June 2020 The request prompted ‘K-pop stans’ to the flood the police department’s Twitter feed and app with fancams, or short performance videos, unrelated to the protests. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "K-pop fans aim their organizing prowess at Donald Trump," 22 June 2020 The flood created a disaster zone after two dams along the Tittabawassee River collapsed, causing about $175 million in damage. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Midland flood costs Northwood athletics $4.2 million in damages," 13 June 2020 Land set aside for African Americans was considered undesirable: in the Trinity flood plain, adjacent to industrial uses. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "How to suture a Dallas divided by racism," 12 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Just as Coulson and May are going to follow through with an attempt to flood the S.H.I.E.L.D. base to stop the Insight Satellite from launching, Mack sees on a security monitor that the Chronicoms have imprisoned his parents on the base. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recap: What if The Winter Soldier happened in the '70s?," 25 June 2020 Those resources have enabled her to flood the airwaves with advertising, while also holding telephone town halls and spending time out in public talking with Kentuckians. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Can AOC win again? Who will face Mitch McConnell? Here's what to watch in Tuesday's primaries," 23 June 2020 Heatwaves and heat stroke will threaten the health of both players and fans, extreme weather events and sea level rise caused by climate change will flood stadiums and playing fields, and sea level rise will threaten golf courses, the report warned. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "The sporting opponent that could beat every single athlete," 20 June 2020 The Trump campaign is flying in dozens of surrogates to flood the zone in Tulsa. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Workers at Trump’s Tulsa rally test positive for COVID-19, as campaign reboot promises cheers, clashes and contagion," 20 June 2020 That way the average user can easily identify concerted efforts to flood the platform with particular content. Nina Jankowicz, Wired, "Facebook Groups Are Destroying America," 17 June 2020 In Europe, seizures in the first quarter of this year boomed — suggesting what authorities describe as an effort by traffickers to flood the market ahead of strict lockdowns there. Washington Post, "The coronavirus has gutted the price of coca. It could reshape the cocaine trade.," 9 June 2020 Now, as the Bay Area inches toward reopening and people flood the streets in protest, medical workers are eyeing the coming weeks warily. Sarah Feldberg, SFChronicle.com, "As Bay Area reopens, lessons from New York for next wave or next pandemic," 6 June 2020 Even those who expected the Trump campaign to flood the zone with disinformation and find new ways to cheat, and its candidate to lie, most likely believed that if enough people voted, none of that would matter. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "Will We Actually Get to Vote in November?," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of flood


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1663, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for flood

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English flōd; akin to Old High German fluot flood, Old English flōwan to flow

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The first known use of flood was before the 12th century

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30 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Flood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flood. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of flood

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large amount of water covering an area of land that is usually dry
: a flood described in the Bible as covering the earth in the time of Noah
: a large amount of things that come or happen at the same time



English Language Learners Definition of flood (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover (land) with a flood
: to become filled or covered by a flood
: to fill (something) completely


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Kids Definition of flood

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a huge flow of water that rises and spreads over the land
2 : the flowing in of the tide
3 : a very large number or amount a flood of mail


flooded; flooding

Kids Definition of flood (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to cover or become filled with water
2 : to fill as if with a flood Sunlight flooded her room.
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Medical Definition of flood

: to have an excessive menstrual flow or a uterine hemorrhage after childbirth

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