spate

noun
\ ˈspāt \

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

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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.

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Wallison Silva Araújo, a wiry 19-year-old, had long been suspected of carrying out a spate of violent robberies, including tying up an elderly lady and leaving her to die at the bottom of a well. Samantha Pearson, WSJ, "In Latin America, Awash in Crime, Citizens Impose Their Own Brutal Justice," 6 Dec. 2018 Then, from Milan to Paris, Prada to Givenchy, Palau served up a spate of boyish crops that recalled the rebels of the ’50s and ’60s for a striking riff on garçonne-chic glamour. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Top 9 Beauty Trends From the Spring 2019 Runways," 5 Oct. 2018 Chesnot/Getty Images Coinbase has unveiled a spate of products and services aimed at major players in the financial industry. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Coinbase Launches 'Prime' Service in Push to Lure Big Institutional Investors," 15 May 2018 But the younger Kim has quickly bolstered his grip on power by orchestrating a spate of high-profile executions, purges and dismissals, including the 2013 killing of his powerful uncle, Jang Song Thaek. Fox News, "A look at the two leaders in the inter-Korean summit talks," 25 Apr. 2018 But the younger Kim has quickly bolstered his grip on power by orchestrating a spate of high-profile executions, purges and dismissals, including the 2013 killing of his powerful uncle, Jang Song Thaek. Washington Post, "A look at 2 leaders in the inter-Korean summit talks," 25 Apr. 2018 The derailment occurred at the entrance to the Hudson River tunnel where Amtrak, which owns Penn Station, carried out emergency repair work in the summer of 2017 following a spate of derailments earlier that year, an Amtrak spokeswoman said. Paul Berger, WSJ, "NJ Transit Train Derails, Stalling Many at Penn Station," 4 Oct. 2018 The post generated a spate of replies, including many that appear to condone violence against Kruze. Jeff Mcdonald, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Reporter accuses El Cajon councilman of attempted assault involving 'attack dog'," 6 July 2018 That spate of action, over the past few weeks alone, illustrates the shifting and enduring threat from Islamic extremism around the world that will last long after the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, is defeated on the battlefield. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "ISIS May Be Waning, but Global Threats of Terrorism Continue to Spread," 6 July 2018

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spate

: a large number of things that appear or happen in a short period of time

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