Definition of swamp verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    swamp

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//swɒmp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//swɑːmp//
     
    [often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they swamp
    BrE BrE//swɒmp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//swɑːmp//
     
    he / she / it swamps
    BrE BrE//swɒmps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//swɑːmps//
     
    past simple swamped
    BrE BrE//swɒmpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//swɑːmpt//
     
    past participle swamped
    BrE BrE//swɒmpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//swɑːmpt//
     
    -ing form swamping
    BrE BrE//ˈswɒmpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɑːmpɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1to make somebody have more of something than they can deal with synonym inundate swamp somebody/something with something The department was swamped with job applications. swamp somebody/something In summer visitors swamp the island.
  2. 2swamp something to fill or cover something with a lot of water synonym engulf The little boat was swamped by the waves.
  3. Word Origin early 17th cent.: probably ultimately from a Germanic base meaning ‘sponge’ or ‘fungus’.Extra examples Huge tidal waves swamped the town. Radio stations have been swamped with requests to play the song. The little boat was swamped by a huge wave. This is a big task and I am finding myself swamped.
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