inundate

verb
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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Other Words from inundate

inundation \ ˌi-​(ˌ)nən-​ˈdā-​shən How to pronounce inundate (audio) \ noun
inundator \ ˈi-​(ˌ)nən-​ˌdā-​tər How to pronounce inundate (audio) \ noun
inundatory \ i-​ˈnən-​də-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce inundate (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 Storms will likely inundate Monday's afternoon rush hour, according to meteorologists. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 19 July 2021 If a once-in-a-millennium tsunami hit the Bay Area, waves could inundate more of the waterfront than scientists previously feared. Taylor Kate Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 July 2021 Such a quake would inundate the coast with a wave up to 30 meters high, liquefy soil under cities, and likely claim thousands of lives. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 30 June 2021 Like fellow summer crops zucchini and peppers, cucumbers tend to inundate the lucky — or hapless — people growing them. Washington Post, 26 June 2021 Hundreds of people have been rescued from floodwaters that have isolated dozens of towns in Australia's most populous state New South Wales and forced thousands to evacuate their homes as record rain continues to inundate the country's east coast. Rod Mcguirk, Star Tribune, 22 Mar. 2021 For its study, the corps focused on storm surge — the rising seas that often inundate the coastline during storms — made worse lately by stronger hurricanes and higher sea levels. New York Times, 2 June 2021 This way, there’s no need to build a large dam that would inundate large areas of forest. Dyna Rochmyaningsih, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 May 2021 Food and medical supplies are scant and the monsoon rains are setting in -- with the potential for flooding and mudslides to inundate the hilly forests. Helen Regan And Sandi Sidhu, CNN, 2 June 2021

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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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“Inundate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inundate. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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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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