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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Getty Images Noted by royal commentator Omid Scobie, the hashtag (launched by @freepeeper) has seen several of Meghan’s supported charities completely inundated with support as a result of the online royal community. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "How Baby Sussex is Raising Thousands for Meghan Markle's Favorite Charities," 1 Apr. 2019 After quick Google search, I was inundated with tons of articles about how to clean your reusable straw (which seems like a ton of extra work) and how to keep them from getting moldy fast (also, ew). Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Reusable Straw Has a Genius Cleaning Hack That’ll Blow Your Mind," 4 Apr. 2019 The Lady and the Camp Met Gala attendees will be inundated with choice this year. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The 7 Biggest Trends of the Fall 2019 Season," 12 Mar. 2019 This year the party says it has been inundated for requests for support from mayors, county legislators, family court judges — even from county coroners. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, "Cuomo’s So-Called Women’s Party," 24 May 2018 Her attorney, Adam Goodman, said he has been inundated with calls since news of Pebble's untimely death broke. The Washington Post, cleveland.com, "Woman says she flushed 'emotional support' hamster in desperation after bad advice from Spirit Airlines," 8 Feb. 2018 An influx of tourists over the course of decades had inundated the tomb with humidity, dust, and carbon dioxide; scratches and abrasions were also threatening the longevity of the wall paintings. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "King Tut's Tomb Is Reopening—And This Time, It's Tourist-Proof," 1 Feb. 2019 Between the plus-ones on party invitations and being inundated with stories about gift ideas for couples, being single during the holidays can feel less than ideal. Glamour, "9 Ways to Celebrate Being Single Over the Holidays," 9 Dec. 2018 Russia inundated social media platforms with a barrage of fake news that led to the ongoing Mueller probe into how much Vladimir Putin and company interfered in the election. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "If the 2018 Election Is Hacked, This Is How It Will Happen," 5 Nov. 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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