inundate

verb
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

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 emails, 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 Despite rain, residents inundate a nearby Orthodox church for clothing donations. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Apr. 2022 Rainfall rates in Houston could reach up to two inches per hour, which will inundate some streets and bring the city to a crawl. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 31 Jan. 2022 That venture started in 2018 as a method to inundate the region with the life-saving antidote. The Enquirer, 31 Dec. 2021 The clips inundate viewers with a barrage of stories and headlines delivered without context, some translated from other languages and offering few details people can check on their own. Angelo Fichera And Sophia Tulp, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Dec. 2021 But ask yourself, why do the drug companies inundate the nightly news with their products. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 July 2021 All told, the ocean could inundate more than 400 hazardous facilities by the end of the century — exposing nearby residents to dangerous chemicals and polluted water. Rosanna Xia Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2021 For example, a recent Wall Street Journal investigation described in detail how TikTok's algorithm can quickly inundate minors with highly inappropriate videos. John Thune, CNN, 11 Nov. 2021 The new variant is spreading quickly enough to inundate hospitals that were already buckling under the cumulative toll of every previous surge. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 7 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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in/under someone's control

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30 Apr 2022

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“Inundate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inundate. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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inundate

verb
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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