inundate

[in-uhn-deyt, -uhn-, in-uhn-deyt]
verb (used with object), inundated, inundating.
1.
to flood; cover or overspread with water; deluge.
2.
to overwhelm: inundated with letters of protest.

Origin:
1615–25; < Latin inundātus, past participle of inundāre to flood, overflow, equivalent to in- in-2 + und(a) wave + -ātus -ate1

inundation, noun
inundator, noun
inundatory [in-uhn-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
superinundation, noun
uninundated, adjective


2. glut.
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inundate (ˈɪnʌnˌdeɪt)
 
vb
1.  to cover completely with water; overflow; flood; swamp
2.  to overwhelm, as if with a flood: to be inundated with requests
 
[C17: from Latin inundāre to flood, from unda wave]
 
'inundant
 
adj
 
in'undatory
 
adj
 
inun'dation
 
n
 
'inundator
 
n

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inundate
1620s, from pp. stem of inundare (see inundation).
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Example sentences
It is now being turned back into floodplain to absorb floodwaters that might
  otherwise inundate cities upstream.
Many will be lost with the resumption of the dam project, which is expected to
  inundate a third of the ancient city.
They bathe in gasoline and inundate their homes with pesticides.
And by the middle of this month, seasonal monsoons are expected to further
  inundate the region.
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