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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Nursing homes, senior centers and housing complexes for the elderly have introduced programs, training and policies aimed at curbing spates of bullying, an issue once thought the exclusive domain of the young. Matt Sedensky, Fox News, "Senior centers grapple with bullying issues," 12 May 2018 Nursing homes, senior centers and housing complexes for the elderly have introduced programs, training and policies aimed at curbing spates of bullying, an issue once thought the exclusive domain of the young. Matt Sedensky, chicagotribune.com, "Senior centers house a surprising number of bullies," 12 May 2018 Joel Gorjian, Namdar’s head of property acquisitions and sales, told the Florida Times-Union newspaper as the company’s ownership of the mall hit the six-month mark amid a spate of new leases. Jacob Adelman, Philly.com, "Owner of former Echelon Mall, called 'slumlord' in Fla., taps overseas cash to become nation's biggest mall buyer," 9 May 2018 Remember 2017 and the spate of extreme weather — here in the United States around the world? Will Bunch, Philly.com, "'Did climate change kill … people in Ellicott City?' | Will Bunch," 29 May 2018 Unfortunately, the spate of wypipo calling police on black folks simply living their lives—playing golf, working out, having coffee—continues. Angela Helm, The Root, "#BlackWhileAirbnb-ing: 3 Filmmakers Checking Out of Rental Swarmed by Police, Including the Chopper," 7 May 2018 This was latest in a spate of drownings that have occurred in Massachusetts in recent weeks. Adam Sennott, BostonGlobe.com, "Man dies after being pulled from water in Bourne; latest in rash of drownings," 13 July 2018 His denials add an additional element of uncertainty to his already risky decision to testify in the first place; in a spate of recent high-profile Albany corruption trials, Mr. Skelos is the first defendant to take the stand in his own defense. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "In Skelos Retrial, It’s His Word Against Theirs," 9 July 2018 In Sweden, where an election is due in September, the far-right Sweden Democrats blame immigrants for a recent spate of shootings. The Economist, "Confusion over immigration and crime is roiling European politics," 28 June 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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