floodflood1 /flʌd/ ●●○W3 verb1cover with water [intransitive, transitive]DNWET to cover a place with water, or to become covered with waterTowns and cities all over the country have been flooded.The houses down by the river flood quite regularly.2river [intransitive, transitive]DNWATER if a riverfloods, it is too full, and spreads water over the land around itThere are now fears that the river could flood.3go/arrive in large numbers [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]GO to arrive or go somewhere in large numbers syn pour, flowRefugees are still flooding across the border.Donations have been flooding in since we launched the appeal.4 →flood something with something5 →be flooded with something6 →flood the market7light [intransitive, transitive]BRIGHT if light floods a place or floods into it, it makes it very light and brightflood intoLight flooded into the kitchen.flood something with somethingThe morning sun flooded the room with a gentle light.8feeling [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive]FEEL HAPPY/FRIGHTENED/BORED ETC if a feeling or memory floods over you or floods back, you feel or remember it very stronglyflood over/backI felt happiness and relief flooding over me.Memories of my time in Paris flooded back.9engine [intransitive, transitive]TTC if an engine floods or if you flood it, it has too much petrol in it, so that it will not start →flood somebody ↔ out→ See Verb table
floodflood2 ●●○ noun1[countable, uncountable]DNWATER a very large amount of water that covers an area that is usually dryThe village was cut off by floods.the worst floods for over fifty years2LOT/LARGE NUMBER OR AMOUNT[countable] a very large number of things or people that arrive at the same timeflood ofThe UN appealed for help with the flood of refugees crossing the border.3 →in floods of tears4 →in flood → flash floodat flash3(1)
Examples from the Corpus
flood• There has been an extensiveprogramme of restorations in Venice since the 1966 flood.• The same would be true if Clinton responds by scaring women about a flood of pro-life Dole-appointed judges.• A flood of refugeespoured over the bridge to escape the fighting.• The town was completely destroyed by floods.• They remember vividly how floods once killed hundreds of thousands, and buried villages and temples.• Even an occasionalflood would not hurt, he said, because water could be released.• It could provide data for other endeavors and possibly influence government codesregulatingflood control.• Helicopters continued to search for others who had climbed trees to escape from the flood waters.• Snapping out of his brieftrance, Mungo supposed Stanley was relieved that at least the shop had survived the flood.• Yosemite National Park is restrictingaccess to the Park in order to cope with the flood damage.• The company has employed a number of new staff to cope with the flood of visitors to the site.• What is generating this uncontrollableflood?• the widefloodplains of the River Nile• Last winter, the town suffered the worstfloods for fifty years.flood of refugees• The moves also came amid increased cooperation over immigration issues following a 1994 flood of refugees.• The most immediatethreat remains the currentdrought and the danger of a flood of refugees.Flood, thethe FloodFlood, the1a story told in the Old Testament of the Bible about a great flood that covered the whole world. According to the story, God caused the Flood because he was angry with the people on Earth and wanted to punish them. He made it rain for 40 days and 40 nights, and most of the people and animals on Earth were killed. Only one man, Noah, and his family were saved. God told Noah to build an ark (=a large boat) and to take two of every kind of animal on the ark with him. When the rain stopped and the water level began to go down, Noah sent out a dove to look for land, and the bird returned carrying an olivebranch to show that the land was reappearing.2 →before the FloodFrom Longman Business Dictionaryfloodflood1 /flʌd/ verb1[transitive] to send a large number of things such as letters or requests to an organizationflood something withDealers flooded Congress with angry letters.Swiss banks have been flooded with deposits and loan requests from blue-chip American firms.2[intransitive] to arrive in large numbersflood in/into/across etcDonations have been flooding in since we launched the appeal.As his corruption became evident, the usually tolerant Brazilians flooded onto the streets and drove Mr Collor out.3flood the market to make a product available in large quantities, perhaps with the result that its price fallsAuto-makers have been flooding the market with late-model used cars.→ See Verb tablefloodflood2 noun [uncountable]a large number of things or people that arrive at the same timeflood ofThe last-minuteflood of applications means most small investors will probably be allocated fewer than 400 shares.The flood of credit into the housing market fuelled house-price inflation.