[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 inundation
Prouided, that the ground neither be boggy, nor the inundation be past 24.A New Orchard And Garden
Hathor was regarded in tradition as the cause of the inundation.The Evolution of the Dragon
G. Elliot Smith
We have our wonders of inundation in Suffolk also, I can tell you.Letters of Edward FitzGerald
Should the inundation increase, where could they find refuge?In Search of the Castaways
“I think it was an inundation or a big fire,” she a little languidly smiled.The Patagonia
- 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 inundation
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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