del·​uge | \ ˈdel-ˌyüj How to pronounce deluge (audio) , -ˌyüzh; nonstandard də-ˈlüj How to pronounce deluge (audio) , ˈdā-ˌlüj \

Definition of deluge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : an overflowing of the land by water
b : a drenching rain a deluge causing mudslides in the area
2 : an overwhelming amount or number received a deluge of angry phone calls


deluged; deluging

Definition of deluge (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to overflow with water : inundate
2 : overwhelm, swamp The store was deluged with complaints.

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Synonyms & Antonyms for deluge

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of deluge in a Sentence

Noun The deluge caused severe mudslides. a deluge of thanks and appreciation for the returning troops Verb Heavy rains deluged the region. deluged with requests for help
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The extra money on hand is largely due to the deluge of federal pandemic aid that has flowed into Maryland and other states in multiple waves. Pamela Wood,, 29 Sep. 2021 All through the summer, Arizona has bounced between extremes — going from record-breaking heat to a deluge of monsoon storms. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 23 Sep. 2021 On a chilly July morning, Rodolph Lapointe awoke in San Francisco to a deluge of WhatsApp messages—the president of Haiti had been assassinated. Deepa Fernandes, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Sep. 2021 Of particular concern for Holmes and her defense is how much exposure potential jurors have had to the deluge of media coverage of her, her company, and the trial. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, 31 Aug. 2021 Lear stands on the heath railing, drenched by a deluge. Lucy Scholes, The New York Review of Books, 19 Aug. 2021 By early July, an army of social media accounts from the other side of the world were releasing a digital deluge on anyone involved with his case., 17 Aug. 2021 In Amazonia, Missouri, Mayor Rick Russell learned that the small town’s request to FEMA to help address flood threats was denied just weeks after a deluge of rain on June 24 led to emergency boat evacuations. NBC News, 20 July 2021 This week on Gadget Lab, WIRED senior associate reviews editor Adrienne So joins us to talk about Amazon's deluge of new products, including that absurd Astro robot. Wired Staff, Wired, 1 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In its desire to showcase all those shiny new ideas, Far Cry 6 puts its story on the backburner to deluge you with tutorials for countless new modes, upgrades, and abilities. Matt Gardner, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 Nicholas, the sixth Atlantic hurricane of 2021, is expected to deluge southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana with torrential rain for several days, posing a threat to flood-prone Houston and other low-lying areas. Robin Webb,, 14 Sep. 2021 Newsom’s opportunity to deluge the state with financial assistance is unlikely to convert the most stalwart Republican voter. Melanie Mason Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2021 In all, a dozen associations along with 70 companies and law firms combined forces to deluge the FAA with comments., 13 Jan. 2021 Consumers with expensive texting or data plans could end up facing higher costs if debt collectors deluge them with messages. Aimee Picchi, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 2020 In the Sanford area, large numbers of homes and businesses were deluged with water and mud. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 27 May 2020 Hospitals are not deluged with patients, meaning Sourasky is likely not under as much pressure as other facilities in virus hotbeds and can spare the time and protective gear for the final encounters. Isaac Scharf,, 18 Apr. 2020 Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency has been deluged by people seeking benefits. USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of deluge


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deluge

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French deluje, from Latin diluvium, from diluere to wash away, from dis- + lavere to wash — more at lye

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“Deluge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of deluge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large amount of rain that suddenly falls in an area
: a situation in which a large area of land becomes completely covered with water : flood
: a large amount of things that come at the same time



English Language Learners Definition of deluge (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give or send (someone) a large amount of things at the same time
: to flood (a place) with water


del·​uge | \ ˈdel-yüj How to pronounce deluge (audio) \

Kids Definition of deluge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a flooding of land by water : flood
2 : a drenching rain
3 : a sudden huge stream of something a deluge of mail


deluged; deluging

Kids Definition of deluge (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : to overwhelm as if with a flood We were deluged by questions.

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