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 We were inundated with juicy stories of amazing con artists, from Anna Delvey’s rich girl scam to Elizabeth Holmes’ other rich girl scam. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "The Billionaire Grifter’s Threat to Democracy," 13 Jan. 2020 At Allure, we get inundated with the latest and greatest beauty offerings every day. Allure Editors, Allure, "These Are Allure Editors' Favorite New Beauty Products for December 2019," 30 Dec. 2019 He was inundated with interview requests—and the usual jealous cries of foul play. The Editors, Field & Stream, "The 20 Best Bucks of the Decade," 27 Dec. 2019 She’s been inundated with demands from customers for hot chocolate, and is exploring several different options to provide just that. Paul Stephen,, "Pan dulce and hot chocolate: The combo San Antonio counts on from bakeries, panaderías to beat the cold," 18 Dec. 2019 They are inundated with requests from children’s schools. Michelle Valladares, The Conversation, "5 new ways for schools to work with families," 11 Dec. 2019 He’d been inundated with texts and notes from well-wishers, including a tearful message on MLB Network from his former manager, Joe Girardi. Tim Rohan, Los Angeles Times, "Yankees’ CC Sabathia knew he suffered a career-ending injury, and he was OK with it," 18 Oct. 2019 We are so inundated with many artists today as opposed to years ago. Greg Burnett, cleveland, "Local singer Evelyn Wright has performed across the country but truly believes Cleveland is the best location for jazz," 17 Oct. 2019 In the last year, record flooding inundated 100,000 acres worth of farmland throughout the state. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "What the Green New Deal Could Mean for Iowa," 31 Jan. 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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17 Feb 2020

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“Inundate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 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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