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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Philadelphia Flyers put Mike McKenna on waivers to clear a glut of goaltenders. Stephen Whyno, The Seattle Times, "Washington Capitals put playoff hero Smith-Pelly on waivers," 20 Feb. 2019 But a capacity glut, a slowing economic outlook and trade tensions between the U.S. and China have depressed container freight rates and earnings at many carriers. Costas Paris, WSJ, "France’s CMA CGM to Buy Chinese-Made Container Ships," 25 Mar. 2019 Oil prices are off to their best-ever start to a year as fears of a supply glut cool, part of a 2019 recovery in risky investments from stocks to commodities. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Oil Has Best Start to a Year Ever as OPEC Production Falls," 27 Feb. 2019 Part of this may be due to the fact that China ended a domestic solar panel subsidy, causing Chinese customers to buy fewer solar panels, resulting in a glut of panels that could be sold for even cheaper on the international market than before. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "New year, same story: Cost of wind and solar fall below cost of coal and gas," 12 Nov. 2018 Trade disputes with major buyers of U.S. farm commodities such as China and Mexico have further rocked agricultural markets already struggling from a multiyear slump in prices for corn, soybeans and other commodities, caused by a world-wide glut. Bob Tita, WSJ, "Deere Says Trade Tensions Holding Down Sales," 15 Feb. 2019 But the reef faces threats beyond a glut of tourists. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "How Things Got So Bad for the Great Barrier Reef," 25 Oct. 2018 Even with the glut of options now available, keeping a basic shade interesting takes skill—and Baldwin’s outfit provides valuable styling lessons thanks to her use of accessories. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Hailey Baldwin Takes Beige Beyond the Basics," 31 Jan. 2019 But the sheer glut of programming has made just about everything a little bit worse. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The 7 best TV shows of 2018," 26 Dec. 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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