Definition of inundate in English:

inundate

Line breaks: in¦un|date
Pronunciation: /ˈɪnʌndeɪt
 
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verb

[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.
    Synonyms
    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.
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Origin

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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