Definition of spate in English:

spate

noun

  • 1A large number of similar things coming in quick succession:

    ‘a spate of attacks on holidaymakers’
    • ‘A spate of viruses could force carriers to beef up their customer support staffs, which would drive up prices for all users.’
    • ‘Of the sudden spate of mother-daughter movies only one contains any real surprises’
    • ‘Technology stocks took a fresh battering after a spate of US profit warnings spread gloom across world financial markets.’
    • ‘It sparked a spate of letters - so many that we've started a discussion group’
    • ‘After a spate of attacks in March and April this year, bookmakers have become increasingly successful in fending off attacks.’
    • ‘The proposal follows a spate of food thefts from fridges around the College.’
    • ‘As you all know, Mason Enterprises has been going through a spate of rough times as of late.’
    • ‘That night saw one of the most ferocious spates of rioting in living memory.’
    • ‘Emily the Labrador disappeared in London just hours after Britain learned of a spate of dog thefts up and down the country.’
    • ‘A spate of related movements tried to emulate his success.’
    • ‘With greed left to take its course, a spate of scandals has erupted among foundations and charities.’
    • ‘This autumn has seen a spate of high-profile full stops, marked by greatest-hits collections and line-up changes.’
    • ‘There's been a recent spate of intimidating text message cases brought up in court.’
    • ‘The early twentieth century witnessed a spate of father-to-father advice books and a growing body of essays and articles written by and for fathers in popular magazines.’
    series, succession, run, cluster, string, outbreak, rash, epidemic, explosion, plague, wave, flurry, rush, flood, deluge, torrent, outpouring
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  • 2British A sudden flood in a river.

    • ‘As the river rapidly went into full spate, the ice blue turned chocolate brown and became unfishable.’

Origin

Late Middle English (originally Scots and northern English in the sense ‘flood, inundation’): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

spate

/speɪt/