Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To cover with water, especially floodwaters.
  • transitive verb To overwhelm as if with a flood; swamp.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To overspread with or as if with a flood; overflow; flood; deluge.
  • Hence To gorge with excessive circulation or abundance; fill inordinately; overspread; overwhelm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To cover with a flood; to overflow; to deluge; to flood.
  • transitive verb To fill with an overflowing abundance or superfluity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To cover with large amounts of water; to flood.
  • verb To overwhelm.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb fill or cover completely, usually with water
  • verb fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin inundāre, inundāt- : in-, in; see in– + undāre, to surge (from unda, wave; see wed- in Indo-European roots).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin inundō.

Examples

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  • to overwhelm

    August 1, 2009