in·​un·​date | \ ˈi-(ˌ)nən-ˌdāt How to pronounce inundate (audio) \
inundated; inundating

Definition of inundate

transitive verb

1 : overwhelm was inundated with phone calls
2 : to cover with a flood : overflow

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Other Words from inundate

inundation \ ˌi-​(ˌ)nən-​ˈdā-​shən How to pronounce inundate (audio) \ noun
inundator \ ˈi-​(ˌ)nən-​ˌdā-​tər How to pronounce inundate (audio) \ noun
inundatory \ i-​ˈnən-​də-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce inundate (audio) \ adjective

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In the summer of 1993, record rains in the Midwest caused the Mississippi River to overflow its banks, break through levees, and inundate the entire countryside; such an inundation hadn't been seen for at least a hundred years. By contrast, the Nile River inundated its entire valley every year, bringing the rich black silt that made the valley one of the most fertile places on earth. (The inundations ceased with the completion of the Aswan High Dam in 1970.) Whenever a critical issue is being debated, the White House and Congressional offices are inundated with phone calls and e-mails, just as a town may be inundated with complaints when it starts charging a fee for garbage pickup.

Examples of inundate in a Sentence

Rising rivers could inundate low-lying areas. water from the overflowing bathtub inundated the bathroom floor
Recent Examples on the Web Consumer watchdogs and privacy experts fear bad actors already have seized on the availability of phone numbers to inundate Floridians with spam calls. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, "Getting more spam calls? COVID tests and vaccine sign-ups may be the reason," 15 Apr. 2021 That kind of foot traffic is likely to inundate the community of fewer than 2,000 residents. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "Border towns struggle to afford the surge," 1 Apr. 2021 Hundreds of people have been rescued from floodwaters that have isolated dozens of towns in Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, and forced thousands to evacuate their homes as record rain continues to inundate the country’s east coast. Rod Mcguirk, Anchorage Daily News, "Dozens of towns isolated by flooding in eastern Australia," 22 Mar. 2021 In Salisbury, chronic flooding could inundate more than 500 buildings a year by 2050 and three times that number during heavy storms. Globe Staff,, "Climate change likely to hit hard on the North Shore, new report finds," 20 Aug. 2020 That would not have happened had not the movie appeared to be something real, rather than one of the thousands of scripts that are written every year that inundate everybody. Nate Jones, Vulture, "So You Want to Be a Working Screenwriter …," 20 Jan. 2021 Tides above 7 feet — some of the highest of the year — are expected to swell across the Bay Area coast Tuesday and inundate the lowest-lying areas of the coastline, forecasters said. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: An utterly confusing vaccine rollout," 13 Jan. 2021 While the dam would inundate private land acquired by the water district, the 4.3 million cubic yards of fill and riprap would come from borrow pits on federal land. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Kane County looking to dam the Virgin River in latest major project," 30 Nov. 2020 For Wednesday Heavy Pacific precipitation will inundate the Western U.S. with heavy snow possible in the mountains and flooding rains possible closer to the coast. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Breezy Wednesday Ahead. October-Like Warmth," 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of inundate

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for inundate

Latin inundatus, past participle of inundare, from in- + unda wave — more at water

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The first known use of inundate was in 1590

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30 Apr 2021

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“Inundate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inundate

: to cause (someone or something) to receive or take in a large amount of things at the same time
formal : to cover (something) with a flood of water


in·​un·​date | \ ˈin-ən-ˌdāt How to pronounce inundate (audio) \
inundated; inundating

Kids Definition of inundate

: to cover with or as if with a flood I'm inundated by mail.

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