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

     

    inundate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈɪnʌndeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnʌndeɪt//
     
    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they inundate
    BrE BrE//ˈɪnʌndeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnʌndeɪt//
     
    he / she / it inundates
    BrE BrE//ˈɪnʌndeɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnʌndeɪts//
     
    past simple inundated
    BrE BrE//ˈɪnʌndeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnʌndeɪtɪd//
     
    past participle inundated
    BrE BrE//ˈɪnʌndeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnʌndeɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form inundating
    BrE BrE//ˈɪnʌndeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnʌndeɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1inundate somebody (with something) to give or send somebody so many things that they cannot deal with them all synonym overwhelm, swamp We have been inundated with offers of help.
  2. 2inundate something (formal) to cover an area of land with a large amount of water synonym flood Flood waters inundate the river plain each spring.
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent.: (earlier (late Middle English) as inundation) from Latin inundat- ‘flooded’, from the verb inundare, from in- ‘into, upon’ + undare ‘to flow’ (from unda ‘a wave’).Extra examples Fans inundated the radio station with calls. Many sheep were lost in the floods and the city was inundated. She’s inundated with work at the moment.
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