- 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.
- 2swamp something to fill or cover something with a lot of water synonym engulf The little boat was swamped by the waves. Word Origin early 17th cent.: probably ultimately from a Germanic base meaning
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//