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inundate

Verb

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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English

Pronunciation

  • /ˈɪn.ən.deɪt/, /"In.@n.deIt/

Verb

  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

Translations

To cover with large amounts of water
To overwhelm

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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