spate

noun
\ ˈspāt How to pronounce spate (audio) \

Definition of spate

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.
Recent Examples on the Web And the state already initiated an emphasis program for the food processing industry after a spate of outbreaks early in the pandemic, allowing more resources to be put toward proactively inspecting food processors. oregonlive, "Coronavirus outbreak at Oregon seafood processor illuminates challenges in tracing infection origins, limitations in state’s response," 9 Oct. 2020 Real-estate industry veterans view the spate of deals—which dwarfs purchases by even prolific spenders like tech titans Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg—with a combination of wonder and bafflement. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "How Citadel CEO Ken Griffin Built a $1 Billion Private Property Portfolio," 8 Oct. 2020 The shooting death of Michael Brown in 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. — along with a spate of other deaths of Black men and women at the hands of the police — put to rest any notions of a post-racial America. Washington Post, "How systemic racism shaped Floyd’s life and hobbled his ambition," 8 Oct. 2020 The shooting death of Michael Brown in 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. — along with a spate of other deaths of Black men and women at the hands of the police — put to rest any notions of a post-racial America. Toluse Olorunnipa And Griff Witte Washington Post, Star Tribune, "How systemic racism shaped George Floyd's life and hobbled his ambition," 8 Oct. 2020 The Navy has taken a step back from streaming on Twitch after a spate of recent controversies. Matthew Gault, Wired, "Uncle Sam Is Looking for Recruits—Over Twitch," 5 Oct. 2020 Similarly, a report from the German Marshall Fund pegs the recent spate of fire conspiracies—false claims of arson in Oregon by antifa or Black Lives Matter—to the uncontrolled spread of rumors and disinformation on Facebook. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | JAMELLE BOUIE: The disaster known as Facebook," 27 Sep. 2020 However, the current spate of wildfires in Northern California, the recent passage of Labor Day and the upcoming winter holidays have some health experts worried anew. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area coronavirus cases drop significantly from peak of summer surge," 14 Sep. 2020 But that bed shortage has more to do with a spate of outdoor injuries than with the virus, Lonborg said. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Masks will help, but more distancing needed to head off a September spike in Colorado, model shows," 18 July 2020

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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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16 Oct 2020

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“Spate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spate. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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spate

noun
How to pronounce spate (audio)

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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