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1 fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid; "the basement was inundated after the storm"; "The images flooded his mind" [syn: deluge, flood, swamp]
2 fill or cover completely, usually with water [syn: deluge, submerge]

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  • /ˈɪn.ən.deɪt/, /"In.@n.deIt/


  1. To cover with large amounts of water; to flood.
    The Dutch would sometimes inundate the land to hinder the Spanish army.
  2. To overwhelm.
    The agency was inundated with phone calls.

Derived terms


To cover with large amounts of water
To overwhelm

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