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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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,, "Car values dropping, underwater loans rising," 21 Aug. 2017 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 In a region glutted with ex-NYC chefs and farmhouse-chic dining spots, Lil’ Deb’s stands apart, both figuratively and literally. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appetit, "This Restaurant Is Basically an Art Installation with Knockout Food," 11 Sep. 2017 The nation’s courtrooms have been glutted with millions of collection lawsuits, many of which are backed by thin documentation. Stacy Cowley, New York Times, "Debt Collectors’ Abuses Prompt Consumer Agency to Propose New Rules," 28 July 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There is a glut of incredible work coming out of the country. Vogue, "How Nakhane, the South African Singer, Embraced His Queerness to Become an Unstoppable Force," 5 July 2019 China is already a spent force in the global savings glut: its current-account surplus has dwindled to next to nothing. The Economist, "The long-term decline in bond yields enters a new phase," 5 June 2019 Despite the glut of forever-materials now stuck in the US—because China has now decided to stop taking the stuff—the US is finding new ways to make brand-new batches of it. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "Japan’s single-use plastic problem on display at the G20 Summit," 28 June 2019 The glut of remakes offered from 2002 to 2009 left the genre feeling overcrowded with remakes, regardless of financial success. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Child's Play' Builds on the Legacy of Horror Remakes," 23 June 2019 Oil prices erased an early advance Monday, falling on continued worries of a supply glut as analysts looked ahead to inventory data scheduled for later in the week. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Oil Prices Fall Amid Fears of Oversupply," 10 June 2019 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

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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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