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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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

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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 She is inundated with emails and calls from constituents that need help right now. oregonlive, "In Oregon, food stamp applications shoot sky high during coronavirus economic crisis," 14 May 2020 We are inundated with content everywhere (elevators, phones, laptops, cabs, airplanes) with providers competing for even one second of attention. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "Power Lawyers 2020: Hollywood's Top 100 Attorneys," 27 Mar. 2020 Since then, he has been inundated with interest from clinicians, researchers and patients. Anna Kuchment, Dallas News, "Researchers race to find coronavirus treatments," 21 Mar. 2020 In fact, Highclere Castle, the real estate featured in the Downton Abbey TV series and film, is no exception: it has been inundated with visitors, and is now even on Airbnb. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "The Real History Behind the Downton Abbey Movie," 20 Sep. 2019 In fact, it has been inundated with applications from renewable developers — 67,000 megawatts of wind and solar in total, from 684 projects. Brian Eckhouse And Naureen Malik, Houston Chronicle, "Every U.S. grid is getting greener, except the one that matters," 20 Sep. 2019 Many of us have extra seeds from prior years, as most don’t use the entire package least we be inundated by excess. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "With seeds harder to come by, here are some ideas for Alaska gardeners," 2 Apr. 2020 In 2010, the restaurants and bars, go-cart tracks and water parks remained opened while the beaches were inundated by oil chasing the tourists away. al, "Coronavirus could be worse for beach businesses than BP oil spill, hurricanes," 2 Apr. 2020 Workers in grocery stores and warehouses have seen their workplaces transformed – and delivery services inundated by demand – as tens of millions of Americans stay at home during the pandemic. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Work strikes at Amazon, Instacart and Whole Foods show essential workers' safety concerns," 31 Mar. 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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25 May 2020

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“Inundate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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