\ 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
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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Prices slid late in the session after weekly data showed the number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. rose in the past week, a negative for those wary that steady supply and crumbling demand will lead to a production glut. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Heat Wave Powers Natural Gas to Best Week Since January," 28 June 2019 Berry said international criminal organizations currently have a glut of drugs and are looking for new markets. Washington Post, "New Zealand officials find half ton of meth hidden in motors," 6 Sep. 2019 The Patriots have a glut of talent in cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson, Joejuan Williams, Jonathan Jones, and Keion Crossen, who outperformed Dawson in training camp and the preseason. Nora Princiotti, BostonGlobe.com, "Patriots begin shaping roster by trading Duke Dawson, acquiring center Russell Bodine," 30 Aug. 2019 The Phillies have a glut of outfielders and the trade deadline deal to get former All-Star Corey Dickerson left them looking to shake up the roster. Dan Gelston, chicagotribune.com, "Leury Garcia hits a grand slam and Eloy Jimenez adds a 3-run home run in the White Sox’s 10-5 win," 4 Aug. 2019 That caused a huge glut of of waste plastic and other materials in California and other states. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, "California lawmakers fail to pass sweeping plastic pollution plan," 14 Sep. 2019 That drop in demand, combined with the increased American production, caused a glut in supply and a sharp drop in prices so far this year. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "US Steel temporarily lays off 200 workers in Michigan," 20 Aug. 2019 Demand can't keep up (plus, there's a trade war) The drop in profit appeared to have a few common culprits: first and foremost, a huge glut in natural gas. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "Producing More, Profiting Less: Energy Company Earnings Suffer in the Gas Glut Era," 2 Aug. 2019 Over the same period, heroin production increased by a similar percentage, rising to more than 122 tons in 2017 from about 89 tons the year before, perhaps creating a glut in the market, officials and experts say. Kirk Semple, New York Times, "Mexican Opium Prices Plummet, Driving Poppy Farmers to Migrate," 7 July 2019

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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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“Glut.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glutting. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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