[in-uh n-deyt, -uhn-, in-uhn-deyt]
- to flood; cover or overspread with water; deluge.
- to overwhelm: inundated with letters of protest.
Origin of inundate
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Examples from the Web for inundate
Now it has a different meaning: to inundate someone with profanity and insults.
“Flaming” was one of the first, meaning to inundate someone with email spam.
I have known freshets in March to inundate the country for miles.Plantation Sketches
If then, they inundate us with their products, it is because they expect to be inundated with ours.Sophisms of the Protectionists
It was the month of July; the Nile was about to inundate the country.
Do we not hear it said every day, "The foreigner is about to inundate us with his products?"
If they inundate us with their products, it is because they expect to be inundated with ours in return.
- to cover completely with water; overflow; flood; swamp
- to overwhelm, as if with a floodto be inundated with requests
C17: from Latin inundāre to flood, from unda wave
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Word Origin and History for inundate
1620s, back-formation from inundation, or else from Latin inundatus, past participle of inundare "to overflow, run over" (see inundation). Related: Inundated; inundating.
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