Definition of inundate in English:



[with object]
  • 1Overwhelm (someone) with things or people to be dealt with.

    ‘we've been inundated with complaints from listeners’
    • ‘We were inundated with entries and several lucky readers won a free test, which normally costs £245.’
    • ‘I was inundated with responses from readers congratulating me for ‘what good sense you talk’.’
    • ‘In our society we are inundated with images of beautiful people endorsing beauty products.’
    • ‘In a world where people are inundated with information from the media this seems naive.’
    • ‘We were inundated with responses, and judges had a tough decision whittling down the entries to a short-list of five.’
    • ‘Gail faxes to say she is inundated with phone calls and people in the street passing on their support.’
    • ‘He was inundated with phone calls of congratulations during the week.’
    • ‘During the nail biting night, he was inundated with a staggering 140 text messages from well wishers.’
    • ‘As Alain de Botton observes in The Art Of Travel, we are inundated with advice on where to travel, but hear very little of why and how we should go.’
    • ‘Viewers were inundated with banners and buttons resulting in overload and cynicism.’
    • ‘As Digital Media Manager I am inundated with press releases everyday proclaiming that this or that website is the next big thing.’
    • ‘Instead, I am consistently inundated with requests to return with cartons of Canadian cigarettes.’
    • ‘You may be surprised to learn that we are not inundated with complaints from people living in the surrounding area there is no trouble.’
    • ‘When the residents of Milnrow and Newhey heard he was finishing, he was inundated with cards and gifts from well-wishers.’
    • ‘Tall and blonde, she was instantly inundated with responses.’
    • ‘We were inundated with requests, and five readers were chosen to undergo the test which costs £245.’
    • ‘Since the newspaper staff is inundated with these letters everyday, they have no choice but to publish at least some of them.’
    • ‘We are inundated with emails and phone calls asking us why we didn't confirm Tung's resignation earlier?’
    • ‘We were inundated with requests from people to help them find their transport.’
    • ‘Soon, Elizabeth was inundated with requests and decided to throw herself into a new business opportunity.’
    overwhelm, overpower, overburden, overrun, overload, swamp, bog down, besiege, snow under, bury, bombard, glut
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  • 2Flood.

    ‘the islands may be the first to be inundated as sea levels rise’
    • ‘In March 1864 the Bradfield Reservoir of the Sheffield Waterworks Company failed, inundating the Loxley valley and flooding parts of Sheffield to a depth of nine feet.’
    • ‘The building of the canal is expected to control the annual floods that inundate many parts of the capital, causing much loss of life and property.’
    • ‘In successful nesting seasons, when floods did not inundate the nesting ground and predation was not severe, many young titanosaurs would survive.’
    • ‘Four more people drowned in eastern India on Wednesday and an overflowing river threatened to inundate low-lying areas around Patna, the populous capital city of Bihar state, relief officials said yesterday.’
    • ‘The seasonally inundated plain habitat covered the remainder of the floodplain, except for the permanently wet areas.’
    • ‘Most flood-control projects involve widening, deepening and straightening channels so they can hold a larger volume of water before they can inundate adjacent flood plains.’
    • ‘Here in Naples, Hurricane Wilma caused flooding, including inundating a parking garage.’
    • ‘This site could more effectively control floods and would not inundate park land.’
    • ‘It was 1956 and the Murray had burst its banks in the great floods of that year, inundating the main street and its surrounds, devastating buildings and cutting people off from facilities like electricity.’
    • ‘The area was badly damaged in 1996 by a flood of the muddy Liu River that inundated four-fifths of the city.’
    • ‘Flash floods, of the kind which suddenly and without warning inundate a whole town under many feet of swirling water, only occur in mountainous areas or where dams break creating a tidal wave.’
    • ‘At least 50 dead as floods inundate much of Jakarta’
    • ‘More than a dozen people died in Texas in early June after flood waters inundated the state.’
    • ‘The Ings, one of the flood defences for York, is inundated, and farmer Chris Kirby woke this morning to find his farm submerged.’
    • ‘The God of the Bible has given us an eyewitness report of His works, and He warns us that we are accountable for our deeds - as He proved by inundating the whole world with a Flood in Noah's day.’
    • ‘The majority of the rivers overflow and inundate roads and houses.’
    • ‘The habitat is seasonally inundated, and flood scouring appeared to occur on a periodic basis.’
    • ‘The heavy rain since Thursday has also caused flooding in many other parts of the city, inundating thousands of buildings.’
    • ‘When the precipitation rate increases in Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, floods inundate southern China and Bangladesh and drought hits some of the remotest Indian villages.’
    • ‘This is particularly important in low-lying countries such as Bangladesh, where a one-metre rise in sea level would inundate half of the country's rice land with saltwater.’
    flood, deluge, overflow, overrun, swamp, submerge, engulf, drown, immerse, cover
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Late 16th century: (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’).