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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
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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  • Now it is an earthquake, now a conflagration, now an inundation.
  • Most varieties perished, but a few salt-resistant ones withstood the inundation.
  • If the trend continues, sea level will rise, posing the threat of inundation to coastal cities and entire island countries.
  • The movie evokes a theme that has increasingly surfaced in the contemporary world of media inundation.
  • But the inundation slowed midday as the water stopped rising.
  • The project has tested our technical resources and our editing staff, but we've rejoiced in the inundation.
  • Also consider the economic impact of the inundation of many of the low-lying urban and agricultural areas.
British Dictionary definitions for inundation

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 inundation
n.

early 15c., from Latin inundationem (nominative inundatio) "an overflowing," noun of action from past participle stem of inundare "to overflow," from in- "onto" (see in- (2)) + undare "to flow," from unda "wave" (see water).

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.

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