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Definition of flood verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flood
    he / she / it floods
    past simple flooded
    -ing form flooding
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    fill with water
  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] if a place floods or something floods it, it becomes filled or covered with water The basement floods whenever it rains heavily. flood something If the pipe bursts it could flood the whole house.
  2. of river
  3. 2[intransitive, transitive] to become so full that it spreads out onto the land around it When the Ohio River floods, it causes considerable damage. flood something The river flooded the valley.
  4. large numbers
  5. 3[intransitive] flood in/into/out of something to arrive or go somewhere in large numbers synonym pour Refugees continue to flood into neighboring countries. Telephone calls came flooding in from all over the country.
  6. 4[transitive, usually passive] flood somebody/something with something to send something somewhere in large numbers The office was flooded with applications for the job. We've been flooded with complaints.
  7. 5[transitive] to become or make something become available in a place in large numbers flood something Cheap imported goods are flooding the market. flood something with something A man who planned to flood the country with cocaine was jailed for 15 years.
  8. of feeling/thought
  9. 6[intransitive, transitive] to affect someone suddenly and strongly + adv./prep. A great sense of relief flooded over him. Memories of her childhood came flooding back. flood somebody with something The words flooded him with self-pity.
  10. of light/color
  11. 7[intransitive, transitive] to spread suddenly into something; to cover something + adv./prep. She drew the curtains and the sunlight flooded in. flood something She looked away as color flooded her cheeks. be flooded with something The room was flooded with light.
  12. engine
  13. 8[intransitive, transitive] flood (something) if an engine floods or if you flood it, it becomes so full of gas that it will not start
    adjective flooded fields
    noun [uncountable] There will be heavy rain with flooding in some areas.
  16. Phrasal Verbsflood somebodyout
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: flood