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Definitions for inundate
ˈɪn ənˌdeɪt, -ʌn-in·un·date

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deluge, flood, inundate, swampverb

    fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid

    "the basement was inundated after the storm"; "The images flooded his mind"

  2. inundate, deluge, submergeverb

    fill or cover completely, usually with water


  1. inundateverb

    To cover with large amounts of water; to flood.

    The Dutch would sometimes inundate the land to hinder the Spanish army.

  2. inundateverb

    To overwhelm.

    The agency was inundated with phone calls.

  3. Etymology: From inundo.


  1. inundate

    A flood is an overflow of water (or rarely other fluids) that submerges land that is usually dry. In the sense of "flowing water", the word may also be applied to the inflow of the tide. Floods are an area of study of the discipline hydrology and are of significant concern in agriculture, civil engineering and public health. Human changes to the environment often increase the intensity and frequency of flooding, for example land use changes such as deforestation and removal of wetlands, changes in waterway course or flood controls such as with levees, and larger environmental issues such as climate change and sea level rise. In particular climate change's increased rainfall and extreme weather events increases the severity of other causes for flooding, resulting in more intense floods and increased flood risk.Flooding may occur as an overflow of water from water bodies, such as a river, lake, or ocean, in which the water overtops or breaks levees, resulting in some of that water escaping its usual boundaries, or it may occur due to an accumulation of rainwater on saturated ground in an areal flood. While the size of a lake or other body of water will vary with seasonal changes in precipitation and snow melt, these changes in size are unlikely to be considered significant unless they flood property or drown domestic animals. Floods can also occur in rivers when the flow rate exceeds the capacity of the river channel, particularly at bends or meanders in the waterway. Floods often cause damage to homes and businesses if they are in the natural flood plains of rivers. While riverine flood damage can be eliminated by moving away from rivers and other bodies of water, people have traditionally lived and worked by rivers because the land is usually flat and fertile and because rivers provide easy travel and access to commerce and industry. Flooding can lead to secondary consequences in addition to damage to property, such as long-term displacement of residents and creating increased spread of waterborne diseases and vector-bourne disesases transmitted by mosquitos.


  1. inundate

    To inundate means to overwhelm or flood with a large amount or number of something, such as water, information, questions, tasks, or requests.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inundateverb

    to cover with a flood; to overflow; to deluge; to flood; as, the river inundated the town

  2. Inundateverb

    to fill with an overflowing abundance or superfluity; as, the country was inundated with bills of credit

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inundate

    in-un′dāt, or in′-, v.t. to flow upon or over in waves (said of water): to flood: to fill with an overflowing abundance.—adj. Inun′dant, overflowing.—n. Inundā′tion, act of inundating: a flood: an overflowing. [L.,—inundāre, -ātumin, in, undāre, to rise in waves—unda, a wave.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inundate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inundate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of inundate in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Brooks:

    The last thing that we want right now is to inundate our emergency departments with patients who believe they found a vague and risky solution that could potentially jeopardize their health.

  2. Pierpaolo Campostrini:

    The water was not supposed to inundate the crypt after work to seal it undertaken in the 1990s. But the tide was so high that the water poured in through the window.

  3. Roger Williams:

    Certainty is key for small businesses, and under the Biden administration, businesses are operating in fear of the next costly new regulation that will come down the pipeline, as Main Street America continues to deal with rampant inflation and the consequences of the Biden administration’s failed economic policies, we should be looking for ways to make it easier for businesses to operate and compete, not inundate them with burdensome new paperwork.

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