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

transitive verb

: overwhelm
was inundated with phone calls
: to cover with a flood : overflow
inundation noun
inundator noun
inundatory 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 As the storm moves eastward, northeastern Texas and parts of Alabama and Florida could be inundated with up to 8 inches of rain, potentially triggering serious flooding, according to AccuWeather. Minnah Arshad, USA TODAY, 18 May 2024 His team is inundated with whale carcasses that keep washing up on the coasts, his colleague, Mónica González, tells me over email. Tomas Weber, Rolling Stone, 18 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for inundate 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of inundate was in 1590

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Cite this Entry

“Inundate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


in·​un·​date ˈin-(ˌ)ən-ˌdāt How to pronounce inundate (audio)
inundated; inundating
: to cover with a flood : deluge entry 1
: overwhelm sense 2
inundated with email
inundation noun

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