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 The bright side: The storm surge that was forecast to inundate Louisiana’s sixth-largest city with as much as 20 feet of floodwaters didn’t, and most of Lake Charles was dry by Thursday morning. Andrea Gallo And Bryn Stole | Staff Writers,, "'Nothing like this': How Hurricane Laura's devastation has stunned Lake Charles residents," 27 Aug. 2020 Experts told Jones that hospitalizations from the flu could inundate the healthcare system. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houston coronavirus updates: What you need to know for Sept. 24," 24 Sep. 2020 Ingram's fans soon began to inundate poker forums with their own investigative work. Brendan I. Koerner, Wired, "The Cheating Scandal That Ripped the Poker World Apart," 21 Sep. 2020 Parts of Mississippi are experiencing storm surge as Hurricane Sally starts to inundate the Gulf Coast. Sarah Lynch Baldwin, CBS News, "Hurricane Sally starts lashing Gulf Coast as it churns at sluggish pace," 15 Sep. 2020 This storm will test the levee system in New Orleans with the water that is about to inundate the region. Janice Dean, Fox News, "Hurricane warning for Gulf Coast as Sally to strengthen, mandatory evacuations in Louisiana, Mississippi," 14 Sep. 2020 The fire followed a near-disaster by a year when the Oroville Dam spillways almost failed with the flooding of the Feather River, threatening to inundate the city. Washington Post, "Warmer. Burning. Epidemic-challenged. Expensive. The California Dream has become the California Compromise.," 12 Sep. 2020 Some of these services tend to inundate you with, well, more stuff instead of tailoring the items to your exact needs. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "Build the wardrobe of your dreams with these clothing subscription boxes," 11 Sep. 2020 The second report, late last month, found that the Greenland ice sheet had lost a record amount of ice in the summer of 2019: more than twice the yearly average and enough to inundate the state of California under four feet of water. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "Counting the climate cost of post-pandemic economy reboots," 9 Sep. 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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14 Oct 2020

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“Inundate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 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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