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glut

[gluht] /glʌt/
verb (used with object), glutted, glutting.
1.
to feed or fill to satiety; sate:
to glut the appetite.
2.
to feed or fill to excess; cloy.
3.
to flood (the market) with a particular item or service so that the supply greatly exceeds the demand.
4.
to choke up:
to glut a channel.
verb (used without object), glutted, glutting.
5.
to eat to satiety or to excess.
noun
6.
a full supply.
7.
an excessive supply or amount; surfeit.
8.
an act of glutting or the state of being glutted.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English gluten, back formation from glutun glutton1
Related forms
gluttingly, adverb
overglut, verb (used with object), overglutted, overglutting.
unglutted, adjective
Synonyms
1. surfeit, stuff, satiate. 5. gorge, cram. 7. surplus, excess, superabundance.
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  • Economists should have been more worried about the housing bubble and a lousy allocation of capital from the savings glut.
British Dictionary definitions for glut

glut

/ɡlʌt/
noun
1.
an excessive amount, as in the production of a crop, often leading to a fall in price
2.
the act of glutting or state of being glutted
verb (transitive) gluts, glutting, glutted
3.
to feed or supply beyond capacity
4.
to supply (a market) with a commodity in excess of the demand for it
5.
to cram full or choke up: to glut a passage
Derived Forms
gluttingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: probably from Old French gloutir, from Latin gluttīre; see glutton1
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Word Origin and History for glut
v.

early 14c., "to swallow too much; to feed to repletion," probably from Old French gloter "to swallow, gulp down," from Latin gluttire "swallow, gulp down," from PIE root *gwele- "to swallow" (cf. Russian glot "draught, gulp"). Related: Glutted; glutting.

n.

1530s, "a gulp," from glut (v.). Meaning "condition of being full or sated" is 1570s; mercantile sense is first recorded 1590s.

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glut in Culture

glut definition


An oversupply of goods on the market.

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