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American English: /fləd/
British English: /flʌd/

Translation of flood in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (of water) (often plural) we had a flood in the bathroom
    se nos inundó el cuarto de baño
    the Flood (Bible)
    el Diluvio (Universal)
    the river was in flood
    el río estaba crecido
    to be in full flood (river)
    estar desbordado
    estar en pleno discurso or [derogatory] en plena perorata
    (before noun) the flood damage
    los daños causados por las inundaciones
    the flood victims
    los damnificados por las inundaciones
    Example sentences
    • The main cause of flooding in the city centre is the use of flood barriers beyond the city centre.
    • ‘We don't know whether the bridge can cope with that amount of water during a flood and it could eventually collapse,’ he said.
    • Areas on the map are given low, moderate or significant risk ratings according to their location, the predicted water levels and the flood defences in place.
    1.2flood tide 1.3 (of complaints, calls, letters)
    (of words, light, energy) torrente (masculine)
    she was in floods of tears
    Example sentences
    • Accurate or not, the flood of bad news appears to be reaching some kind of crescendo.
    • Another overlooked source of capital outflow comes from the flood of tourists visiting Hong Kong and other favourite destinations such as Bangkok and Singapore.
    • The first thing that needs to happen to create a flood of referrals into your personal training department is that you need to earn them.
  • 2 (floodlight)
    Example sentences
    • The whitewashed walls glowed eerily in the light refracted from the flood lamps through the rain.
    • His eyes adjusted to the lack of light automatically, and he was able to see details as if they were under the light of a flood lamp.

transitive verb

  • 1
    the kitchen was flooded
    se inundó la cocina
    Example sentences
    • During the incident water flooded an area that is beside the huge batteries that power the diesel-electric submarine.
    • Rashid said flooding the area with water was not the only goal of his ministry.
    • Cold water flooded the area, and Mira found herself panicking a little.
  • 2 (Motor Vehicles)
    Example sentences
    • Is this an acceleration effect, like flooding the engine with petrol before starting a journey, or is it an unsustainable curve?
    • Do this before hooking up the fuel system to avoid flooding the engine with fuel.
    • He tried to start several more times but eventually he could smell the faint smell of gasoline meaning that he had flooded the engine.
  • 3 (overwhelm) we've been flooded with applications
    nos han inundado de solicitudes
    nos han llovido las solicitudes
    the stage was flooded with light
    el escenario estaba inundado de luz
    to flood the market with imports (Business)
    inundar or saturar el mercado de productos importados
    Example sentences
    • Investors are worried that if the issuer were to choose the share option, the market could be flooded with shares, making it difficult to convert them to cash.
    • With the prices of handsets getting slashed week after week, the market is flooded with a wide range of latest models to choose from, depending on one's personal need.
    • In a country with such a long tradition of corruption, one need not be a fortune-teller to predict that soon the black market will be flooded with such language diplomas.

intransitive verb

  • 1
    the bathtub/washing machine is flooding
    el agua se está saliendo de la bañera/lavadora
    Example sentences
    • Elected officials also had to clear up deliberately blocked toilets as the floors flooded with urine.
    • The holds and engine room flooded, she was abandoned and later caught fire, at some stage breaking in two.
    • As she fired, two bombs struck her, one causing the engine room to flood, and the second crashed into the galley setting it ablaze.
    Example sentences
    • In Pennsylvania heavy rains caused rivers and streams to flood their banks.
    • Water poured down from the mountain, feeding the gasping river, which promptly flooded its banks.
    • Many Poles recalled the devastating floods of 1997 when torrential rain then caused the river Oder to flood its banks.
  • 2 (Motor Vehicles)
  • 3 (+ adverb complement) (people/crowd)the crowd flooded out of/into the stadium
    la multitud salió en tropel del estadio/entró en tropel al estadio
    the news brought people flooding into the streets
    la noticia hizo que la gente se echara or se lanzara a las calles
    to flood in (sunshine/light)
    entrar a raudales
    donations came flooding in
    llovieron los donativos
  • 4 (emotion)sadness flooded through him
    lo invadió or lo inundó la tristeza
    relief flooded through her
    sintió un gran alivio
    memories came flooding back
    los recuerdos se agolparon en su ( or mi etc. ) memoria

Phrasal verbs

flood out

1verb + adverb (pour out)
salir a raudales
salir en tropel
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1 (inundate)
2.2 (people)thousands have been flooded out
las inundaciones han obligado a miles de personas a evacuar sus casas
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