transitive verb (-dated; -dating) Etymology: Latin inundatus, past participle of inundare, from in- + unda wave — more at water Date: 1590 1. to cover with a flood ; overflow 2. overwhelm <
was inundated with phone calls
inundation nouninundator nouninundatory adjective

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  • Inundate — In*un date, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inundated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inundating}.] [L. inundatus, p. p. of inundare to inundate; pref. in in + undare to rise in waves, to overflow, fr. unda a wave. See {Undulate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To cover with a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inundate — I verb bury, deluge, drench, engulf, fill to superfluity, flood, flow over, glut, immerse, overflood, overflow, overspread, overwhelm, pour over, run over, rush upon, saturate, spill over, surge, swamp II index immerse (plunge into), load,… …   Law dictionary

  • inundate — (v.) 1620s, back formation from inundation, or else from L. inundatus, pp. of inundare to overflow, run over (see INUNDATION (Cf. inundation)). Related: Inundated; inundating …   Etymology dictionary

  • inundate — [v] drown, overwhelm deluge, dunk, engulf, flood, glut, immerse, overflow, overrun, pour down on, snow*, submerge, swamp, whelm; concepts 172,179 Ant. underwhelm …   New thesaurus

  • inundate — ► VERB (usu. be inundated) 1) flood. 2) overwhelm with things to be dealt with. DERIVATIVES inundation noun. ORIGIN Latin inundare flood , from unda a wave …   English terms dictionary

  • inundate — [in′ən dāt΄] vt. inundated, inundating [< L inundatus, pp. of inundare, to overflow < in , in, on + undare, to move in waves, flood < unda, a wave: see WATER] 1. to cover or engulf with a flood; deluge 2. to overwhelm with a rush or… …   English World dictionary

  • inundate — UK [ˈɪnʌndeɪt] / US [ˈɪnənˌdeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms inundate : present tense I/you/we/they inundate he/she/it inundates present participle inundating past tense inundated past participle inundated 1) to send or provide much more of… …   English dictionary

  • inundate — verb /ˈɪn.ən.deɪt/ a) To cover with large amounts of water; to flood. The Dutch would sometimes inundate the land to hinder the Spanish army. b) To overwhelm. The agency was inundated with phone calls …   Wiktionary

  • inundate — verb Inundate is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑flood …   Collocations dictionary

  • inundate — inundation, n. inundator, n. inundatory /in un deuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. /in euhn dayt , un , in un dayt/, v.t., inundated, inundating. 1. to flood; cover or overspread with water; deluge. 2. to overwhelm: inundated with letters of protest.… …   Universalium

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