deluge

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noun

del·​uge ˈdel-ˌyüj How to pronounce deluge (audio)
-ˌyüzh;
nonstandard
də-ˈlüj How to pronounce deluge (audio)
ˈdā-ˌlüj
1
a
: 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

deluge

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verb

deluged; deluging

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
His team pelted by a deluge of yards and points on a dreary, wet afternoon, Chip Kelly absorbed one final jab before leaving the field. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2022 Don’t Worry Darling has been plagued by a deluge of off-screen drama, but Jimmy Fallon has finally gotten to the bottom of it. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 27 Sep. 2022 Buttigieg said the changes were prompted by the deluge of problems travelers faced in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequently bumpy reemergence of air travel over the past year. Christopher Muther, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Sep. 2022 And the country's most racially diverse states are the ones submerged by the deluge of stiffer laws. Nicole Fallert, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2022 Areas that have recently experienced flooding are at greatest risk as rivers and streams remain swollen by this week's deluge. Jay Croft, CNN, 26 Aug. 2022 The South African army has deployed 10,000 troops to help find those missing, rebuild roads, bridges and utilities, and distribute emergency aid to families made destitute by the deluge. Mogomotsi Magome, ajc, 23 Apr. 2022 Feeling swamped by the deluge of TV and streaming choices available at the touch of a button? Todd Spangler, Variety, 6 Apr. 2022 The city of Petropolis was slammed by a deluge on Tuesday, and Mayor Rubens Bomtempo said the number of dead could rise as searchers picked through the wreckage. NBC News, 16 Feb. 2022
Verb
Scores of people on Florida’s southwest coast — and others in flood-prone inland areas — stayed to face the Category 4 storm or tried to run only when the water began to deluge roads and homes. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, 22 Nov. 2022 Life-threatening storm surge threatened to deluge the region from Tampa all the way to Fort Myers. Orlando Sentinel, 2 Oct. 2022 Some shipping executives are skeptical that boxships from China will deluge U.S. and European ports in the months ahead. Costas Paris, WSJ, 6 May 2022 Experts point towards a lagging vaccination program and a failure in government messaging as factors behind the surge, which is now threatening to deluge hospitals across the country. Tara John, CNN, 20 Oct. 2021 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, sun-sentinel.com, 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. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Jan. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of deluge was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Deluge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deluge. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

deluge 1 of 2

noun

del·​uge ˈdel-yüj How to pronounce deluge (audio)
1
a
: an overflowing of the land by water : flood
b
: a drenching rain
2
: an overwhelming amount or number
a deluge of Christmas mail

deluge

2 of 2

verb

deluged; deluging
1
: to overflow with water : inundate, flood
2
: to overwhelm as if with a deluge
deluged with inquiries

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