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inundate

[in-uh n-deyt, -uhn-, in-uhn-deyt] /ˈɪn ənˌdeɪt, -ʌn-, ɪnˈʌn deɪt/
verb (used with object), inundated, inundating.
1.
to flood; cover or overspread with water; deluge.
2.
to overwhelm:
inundated with letters of protest.
Origin of inundate
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin inundātus, past participle of inundāre to flood, overflow, equivalent to in- in-2 + und(a) wave + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
inundation, noun
inundator, noun
inundatory
[in-uhn-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈʌn dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
superinundation, noun
uninundated, adjective
Synonyms
2. glut.
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  • Driven, lured, coerced, these Aryan tribes have inundated the earth.

    The American Empire Scott Nearing
  • There is a network of sluices, by which 127 the surrounding country can be inundated.

    Eric Mrs. S. B. C. Samuels
  • A wave of literary and dramatic enthusiasm had inundated the Chapin house.

    Betty Wales Freshman Edith K. Dunton
  • Like all the towns on the banks of the Niger, it is inundated every year.

  • Each one of these mysterious lines shone before her eyes and inundated her heart with a strange radiance.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
British Dictionary definitions for inundated

inundate

/ˈɪnʌnˌdeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to cover completely with water; overflow; flood; swamp
2.
to overwhelm, as if with a flood: to be inundated with requests
Derived Forms
inundant, inundatory, adjective
inundation, noun
inundator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin inundāre to flood, from unda wave
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Word Origin and History for inundated

inundate

v.

1620s, back-formation from inundation, or else from Latin inundatus, past participle of inundare "to overflow, run over" (see inundation). Related: Inundated; inundating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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