\ ˈspāt How to pronounce spate (audio) \

Definition of spate

1 : freshet, flood
2a : a large number or amount a spate of books on gardening
b : a sudden or strong outburst : rush a spate of anger

Examples of spate in a Sentence

A spate of books on the subject have come out recently. There was a spate of corporate mergers in the 1980s.
Recent Examples on the Web Before the meeting, the stock was down 98 percent over three years following a spate of troubles, including concerns about the safety of Bluebird’s therapies and fierce debates over their costs. Ryan Cross,, 10 June 2022 For some biotechs, the downturn partly springs from a spate of scientific setbacks, in which drugs with high expectations have failed to pan out in clinical trials. Joseph Walker, WSJ, 11 May 2022 Monday also brought a new spate of ad reservations to the district, including $200,000 for Cisneros, $100,000 for Cuellar and $350,000 from United Democracy Project (which is affiliated with AIPAC). NBC News, 3 May 2022 Over the past few weeks, the country has suffered a spate of deadly bombings, including at mosques in Kabul, Kunduz and Mazar-e Sharif. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 But companies and investors are uneasy following a spate of anti-monopoly and data security investigations, multimillion-dollar fines and public criticism of internet companies. Joe Mcdonald, ajc, 16 Mar. 2022 Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and other officials held a news conference Tuesday about the city’s recent spate of gun violence, including an apparent drive-by shooting that left one woman dead and her boyfriend and two children wounded. oregonlive, 22 Feb. 2022 Several factors - beyond those involved in the regular churn and the irregular scandals - may help account for the recent spate of departures, which seem to have begun to accelerate back in 2020, following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 Travel troubles keep on truckin' Another day, another spate of flight cancellations. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 27 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of spate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spate

Middle English

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“Spate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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