verb (1)
\ 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


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

Examples of glut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The internet is glutted with second-by-second countdown clocks and the mania is even spurring a hike in hiring by crypto firms worldwide. Vildana Hajric,, "Bitcoin Is Staging a Comeback Reminiscent of 2017 Bubble Frenzy," 19 Mar. 2020 Contract the muscles in your upper back, legs, and glutes to raise your arms and legs a few inches off the floor. Mallory Creveling,, "The Best Bodyweight Exercises You Can Do at Home," 15 Apr. 2020 Now, thanks largely to those export terminals, the global market is glutted. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Coronavirus Hits Once-Isolated U.S. Natural Gas Market," 2 Mar. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Unfortunately, the Rays seem to covet middle infielders and the glut of middle infield options turned that strength into a surplus. Jules Posner, Forbes, "Nick Solak Quietly Coming Into His Own For The Texas Rangers," 12 May 2021 While millions of Americans quibble over their glut of three spectacular shots, residents of other countries are wrapped into a far worse conundrum: a paucity of any vaccines at all. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "J&J’s Reputation Needs a Booster Shot," 7 May 2021 That’s on top of the existing glut of vaccine doses countywide. Erika D. Smith Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Johnson & Johnson eroded trust in all COVID-19 vaccines. Can it be rebuilt?," 1 May 2021 In an era where video games are defined by excess and content glut, the streamlined ethos of qomp is especially memorable. Vincent Acovino, Wired, "Qomp Makes a Case for Shorter, Simpler Video Games," 2 Apr. 2021 There has been a global glut of labor because of a period of rapid globalization and technological change that reduced workers’ bargaining power in rich countries. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "17 Reasons to Let the Economic Optimism Begin," 13 Mar. 2021 The glut of other options could partially explain why consumers are in no rush to sign up for Netflix at times when its slate of new originals is lackluster. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Netflix says Disney had nothing to do with its underwhelming quarter," 21 Apr. 2021 An optimistic read would classify the Evil Superman glut as countercultural activism: a middle finger to the boomers from Generation Harley Quinn. Darren Franich,, "Whatever Happened to the Men of Tomorrow?," 12 Apr. 2021 Unfortunately, traders seem to have decided the market is ‘balanced,’ or at least enough to justify the recent price surge, despite the inventory glut and the massive production shut-in of OPEC+. Michael Lynch, Forbes, "Dollars Or Barrels: The OPEC+ Challenge," 11 Mar. 2021

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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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“Glut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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