Definition of inundate in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈɪnʌndeɪt


[with object]
1Overwhelm (someone) with things or people to be dealt with: we’ve been inundated with complaints from listeners
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  • You may be surprised to learn that we are not inundated with complaints from people living in the surrounding area there is no trouble.
  • We were inundated with requests from people to help them find their transport.
  • In a world where people are inundated with information from the media this seems naive.
overwhelm, overpower, overburden, overrun, overload, swamp, bog down, besiege, snow under, bury, bombard, glut
2Flood: the islands may be the first to be inundated as sea levels rise
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  • Here in Naples, Hurricane Wilma caused flooding, including inundating a parking garage.
  • The building of the canal is expected to control the annual floods that inundate many parts of the capital, causing much loss of life and property.
  • When the precipitation rate increases in Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, floods inundate southern China and Bangladesh and drought hits some of the remotest Indian villages.


late 16th century: (earlier ( late Middle English) as inundation) from Latin inundat- 'flooded', from the verb inundare, from in- 'into, upon' + undare 'to flow' (from unda 'a wave').

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