verb (1)
\ ˈglət How to pronounce glut (audio) \
glutted; glutting

Definition of glut

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to fill especially with food to satiety glutted themselves at the restaurant buffet
2 : to flood (the market) with goods so that supply exceeds demand The market is glutted with oil.



Definition of glut (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : an excessive quantity : oversupply a glut of oil on the market
2 archaic : the act or process of glutting


verb (2)
glutted; glutting

Definition of glut (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to swallow greedily

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Verb (1)

satiate, sate, surfeit, cloy, pall, glut, gorge mean to fill to repletion. satiate and sate may sometimes imply only complete satisfaction but more often suggest repletion that has destroyed interest or desire. years of globe-trotting had satiated their interest in travel readers were sated with sensationalistic stories surfeit implies a nauseating repletion. surfeited themselves with junk food cloy stresses the disgust or boredom resulting from such surfeiting. sentimental pictures that cloy after a while pall emphasizes the loss of ability to stimulate interest or appetite. a life of leisure eventually begins to pall glut implies excess in feeding or supplying. a market glutted with diet books gorge suggests glutting to the point of bursting or choking. gorged themselves with chocolate

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Stop when your legs are several inches above the ground and give your abs and glutes an extra squeeze in this position. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Strengthen Your Core With This 5-Move Workout From Carrie Underwood’s Trainer," 29 Jan. 2019 Press through your toes to lift your knees off the ground and bring your body into a forearm plank position, with your shoulders over your elbows, core tight, glutes squeezed, and your back flat (not arched or rounded). Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Why the Ab Wheel Is Such a Challenging and Effective Workout Tool," 6 Dec. 2018 Woo told the Racine Journal Times that Foxconn would never add a Gen 10.5 plant to its Racine campus, despite past statements, because by the time it was built, the market would be glutted by other manufacturers in China. Bruce Murphy, The Verge, "Wisconsin’s $4.1 billion Foxconn boondoggle," 29 Oct. 2018 Its home market is glutted by excess manufacturing and construction capacity created through decades of subsidies and runaway lending. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Imperialism Will Be Dangerous for China," 17 Sep. 2018 With so many new cars rolling out of dealerships lots and instantly becoming used cars, the secondary market is glutted and the pace of depreciation is rapidly accelerating. Kyle Stock,, "Car values dropping, underwater loans rising," 21 Aug. 2017 Start in high plank position with your hands stacked underneath your shoulders, your core, quads, and glutes engaged, back flat, and your body in one straight line. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "How Jennifer Lopez's Trainer, David Kirsch, Uses the TRX to Build Core Strength," 27 Apr. 2018 Launching a new luxury condo tower at a time when the market is glutted with unsold inventory might seem like risky business. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Real estate developers ran out of waterfront property. Now they might want to buy yours | Miami Herald," 6 Mar. 2018 But the market is still glutted by too much supply, which caused the average luxury sales price to fall 6.3 percent in 2017, according to Mansion Global. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Bitcoin is booming in Miami. But can you buy a house with it?," 26 Jan. 2018

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With that reality, along with the glut of colleges in those regions that are already having a hard time attracting students, would any college pursue students from rural areas?, "Readers React: ‘This sounds nice, but it ignores a huge upcoming phenomenon: the “birth dearth”’," 14 June 2019 The Kings traded Hill, but still have Randolph in the mix with a glut of power forwards and centers. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Pass on Jabari Parker, think ahead: How the Kings can avoid messing it up for 2019," 30 June 2018 And what is Riley's thinking in wanting Wade back, with the glut of wings, and with the potential of Ellington putting the team at or over the luxury tax? Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Should Heat offseason goal be to thin the rotation?," 29 June 2018 Mattis has approved temporarily detailing 21 military attorneys to the Justice Department to help with the glut of immigration cases that have emerged on the border. Anchorage Daily News, "Pentagon will make room for up to 20,000 migrant children on military bases," 21 June 2018 With a glut of outfielders, the Brewers could have traded for a pitcher as well but didn’t do so. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "2018 Milwaukee Brewers: 3 reasons to believe, 3 reasons to worry," 27 Mar. 2018 In many major economies, steel makers are contending with a glut of low-cost product, much of it made in China. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Trump Says Getting Tough on Chinese Trade Will Empower U.S. He Risks the Opposite.," 22 Mar. 2018 Once that tailed off, the country was left with a glut of half-idle, money-losing mills. Fox News, "China shrinking steel industry, but too slowly for West," 11 Mar. 2018 Depth chart: Goldschmidt, *Christian Walker, Daniel Descalso, *Kevin Cron Second base With a glut of middle infielders, the Diamondbacks have several options at this position. Nick Piecoro, USA TODAY, "Diamondbacks offseason report: Out to prove 2017 was no fluke," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of glut

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


circa 1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1600, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glut

Verb (1) and Noun

Middle English glouten, probably from Anglo-French glutir to swallow, from Latin gluttire — more at glutton

Verb (2)

probably from obsolete glut, noun, swallow

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English Language Learners Definition of glut

: too much of something : a supply of something that is much more than is needed or wanted


\ ˈglət How to pronounce glut (audio) \
glutted; glutting

Kids Definition of glut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make very full
2 : to flood with goods so that supply is greater than demand The market is glutted with new cars.



Kids Definition of glut (Entry 2 of 2)

: too much of something

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