[ in-uhn-deyt, -uhn- ]
/ ˈɪn ənˌdeɪt, -ʌn- /
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verb (used with object), in·un·dat·ed, in·un·dat·ing.

to flood; cover or overspread with water; deluge.
to overwhelm: inundated with letters of protest.



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Origin of inundate

First recorded in 1615–25; from Latin inundātus, past participle of inundāre “to flood, overflow,” equivalent to in- in-2 + und(a) “wave” + -ātus -ate1

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See flood.


in·un·da·tion [in-uhn-dey-shuhn, -uhn-] /ˌɪn ənˈdeɪ ʃən, -ʌn-/ nounin·un·da·tor, nounin·un·da·to·ry [in-uhn-duh-tawr-ee], /ɪnˈʌn dəˌtɔr i/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for inundate

/ (ˈɪnʌnˌdeɪt) /

verb (tr)

to cover completely with water; overflow; flood; swamp
to overwhelm, as if with a floodto be inundated with requests

Derived forms of inundate

inundant or inundatory, adjectiveinundation, nouninundator, noun

Word Origin for inundate

C17: from Latin inundāre to flood, from unda wave
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