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



    BrE BrE//flʌd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//flʌd//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flood
    BrE BrE//flʌd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//flʌd//
    he / she / it floods
    BrE BrE//flʌdz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//flʌdz//
    past simple flooded
    BrE BrE//ˈflʌdɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflʌdɪd//
    past participle flooded
    BrE BrE//ˈflʌdɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflʌdɪd//
    -ing form flooding
    BrE BrE//ˈflʌdɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflʌdɪŋ//
    Rivers and lakes, Rain
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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 cellar floods whenever it rains heavily. flood something If the pipe bursts it could flood the whole house. See related entries: Rain
  2. of river
  3. 2  [intransitive, transitive] to become so full that it spreads out onto the land around it When the Ganges floods, it causes considerable damage. flood something The river flooded the valley. See related entries: Rivers and lakes
  4. large numbers
  5. 3  [intransitive] flood in | flood into/out of something to arrive or go somewhere in large numbers synonym pour Refugees continue to flood into neighbouring 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 Britain with cocaine was jailed for 15 years.
  8. of feeling/thought
  9. 6  [intransitive, transitive] to affect somebody 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/colour
  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 the colour flooded her cheeks. be flooded with something The room was flooded with evening light.
  12. engine
  13. 8[intransitive, transitive] flood (something) if an engine floods or if you flood it, it becomes so full of petrol/gas that it will not start
  14. Word OriginOld English flōd, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vloed and German Flut, also to flow.Extra examples The area near the river is liable to flood. The village had been badly flooded. Telephone calls came pouring/​flooding in from all over the country. We’ve been flooded with complaints. Phrasal Verbsflood somebodyout
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