spate

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noun \ˈspāt\

Definition of spate

  1. 1 :  freshet, flood

  2. 2a :  a large number or amount a spate of books on gardeningb :  a sudden or strong outburst :  rush a spate of anger

Examples of spate in a Sentence

  1. A spate of books on the subject have come out recently.

  2. There was a spate of corporate mergers in the 1980s.

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Origin and Etymology of spate

Middle English




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spate

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Definition of spate for English Language Learners

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



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