inundate

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

Definition of inundate

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from inundate

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for inundate

Synonyms

deluge, drown, engulf, flood, gulf, overflow, overwhelm, submerge, submerse, swamp

Antonyms

drain

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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

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Every day you are inundated with an overexposure of advertising and mainstream media, social media and endless comparisons, distorting the truth, and trying to manipulate the power of positive thinking. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Just Gave a Powerful Speech at This Year's WE Day," 6 Mar. 2019 Florence first blew ashore as a hurricane before slowly dumping more than 3 feet (0.91 meters) of rain and inundating city after city in North Carolina and South Carolina. Alan Suderman, Fox News, "Fire that killed couple, 86, shows Florence's broad reach," 19 Sep. 2018 The storm has claimed at least 25 lives as of Monday evening and an untold number of homes on its slow march across North Carolina, inundating city after city : Wilmington, New Bern, Lumberton. Claire Galofaro, The Seattle Times, "North Carolina residents consider fleeing as rivers rise," 17 Sep. 2018 On the northern shores of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Tim and Susan Biehl have seen Lake Superior’s rising water overtake beaches, inundate sections of shoreline parks and in some cases claim entire homes. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "What happens when Lake Superior has too much water? It dumps it into an already overflowing Lake Michigan," 13 July 2018 High water is a perennial problem in the 21st century Everglades, where the drainage and water needs of urban South Florida have at various times inundated and dried out the marshes. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Gov. Scott order on Lake Okeechobee water aims to prevent repeat of algae catastrophe," 21 June 2018 By now, your Instagram, Twitter, Internet, life have probably all been inundated with the Tristan Thompson/Jordyn Woods cheating scandal. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Tristan Thompson and Jordyn Woods' Cheating Scandal and Everything That Went Down," 22 Feb. 2019 The Worcester family was subsequently inundated with requests from Americans across the country to participate in the tribute. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "This Weekend, 1.8 Million Wreaths Will Be Laid to Honor U.S. Veterans," 14 Dec. 2018 A few minutes later, my chest and back were inundated with tiny red and white welts; soon enough, my whole body was covered. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "My Skin Got Hives Every Time I Showered — Until I Discovered a Water Softener," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of inundate

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for inundate

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

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inundate

verb

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

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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