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

Definition of glut

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

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



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
glutted; glutting

Definition of glut (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to swallow greedily

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Synonyms: Verb (1)

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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

Examples of glut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That’s even as the market is already glutted, with prices down about 30% in 12 months. Fortune, "Why U.S. Miners Are Still Digging New Mines as Coal Prices Plunge," 12 Nov. 2019 Because the market is glutted, all buyers can demand purity standards at or near the level China has set. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Colorado recyclers caught in chokehold of rising costs and falling commodity prices," 25 Aug. 2019 Another focused on improbable lunges, one leg held aloft, glutes both bulbous and flexed. Catherine Lacey, Harper's magazine, "Who Is She?," 19 Aug. 2019 The current milk landscape is glutted with options, but only because nobody is happy. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Oatly and the quest for the perfect alt-milk," 14 Aug. 2019 And in a third poster, featuring Captain America solo, Evans is twisted in a pose that exposes America’s glutes to full effect. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The enduring legacy and fantasy of Captain America’s beard, explained," 18 June 2019 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, chicagotribune.com, "Car values dropping, underwater loans rising," 21 Aug. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What Burns is saying is that a glut of moderate candidates is cannibalizing the moderate vote, giving Sanders a clear lane to win primary elections solely with the progressive vote. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "How Pundits Manipulate Math to Dismiss Sanders," 13 Feb. 2020 Tesla’s surge has helped lift shares of lithium producers to double-digit gains in 2020, powered by investors’ bets that demand for the electric-car battery component will outpace a recent supply glut. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Tesla Pulls Up Lithium Producer Stocks Despite Glut," 11 Feb. 2020 Those fretting over the Reds glut of outfielders, well, there’s your answer. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Predicting Super Bowl LIV and what Reds should do after Suarez injury," 30 Jan. 2020 At the same time, this capital glut sunk enormous amounts of money into investments seemingly without a viable business model. Washington Post, "The 2010s were a banner decade for big money and tech — and esports reaped the rewards," 28 Jan. 2020 The love affair with the SUV isn't going away any time soon, but there is a subset of buyers who desire something different from the glut of large boxes on wheels. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Why the Honda e Should (but Won't) Come to the U.S.," 28 Jan. 2020 But streaming services have always seemed more reliant than traditional TV on word of mouth, on social media in particular, to help viewers cut through their glut of originals. Time, "What Netflix's Most-Watched Shows of Last Year Tell Us About TV in the 2020s," 3 Jan. 2020 With the support of the scooter companies, most of which said the glut would prevent them from making a profit, Jacks convinced the City Council to reduce the fleet to a total of 3,000, divided equally among three companies. Bruce Selcraig, ExpressNews.com, "Could scooter mania just blow over in San Antonio?," 30 Dec. 2019 The Forest City joined a glut of communities across the country working to win the e-commerce giant’s new hub — which the company said at the time would come with 50,000 new jobs. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "Ebola terrifies Northeast Ohio, Johnny Football comes to town: Biggest talkers of the 2010s," 30 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of glut

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2


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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The first known use of glut was in the 14th century

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27 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Glut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glut. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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