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flood

1 verb
     
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1

cover with water

[intransitive and transitive]DN to cover a place with water, or to become covered with water:
Towns and cities all over the country have been flooded.
The houses down by the river flood quite regularly.
2

river

[intransitive and transitive]DN if a river floods, it is too full, and spreads water over the land around it:
There are now fears that the river could flood.
3

go/arrive in large numbers

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to arrive or go somewhere in large numbers [= pour, flow]:
Refugees are still flooding across the border.
Donations have been flooding in since we launched the appeal.
4

flood something with something

to send a very large number of things to a place or organization:
a plan to flood the country with forged banknotes
5

be flooded with something

to receive so many letters, complaints, or inquiries that you cannot deal with them all easily:
We've been flooded with offers of help.
6

flood the market

BBT to produce and sell a very large number of one type of thing, so that the price goes down
flood the market with
Car manufacturers have been accused of flooding the market with cheap cars.
7

light

[intransitive and transitive] if light floods a place or floods into it, it makes it very light and bright
flood into
Light flooded into the kitchen.
flood something with something
The morning sun flooded the room with a gentle light.
8

feeling

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive] if a feeling or memory floods over you or floods back, you feel or remember it very strongly
flood over/back
I felt happiness and relief flooding over me.
Memories of my time in Paris flooded back.
9

engine

[intransitive and transitive]TTC if an engine floods or if you flood it, it has too much petrol in it, so that it will not start

be flooded out

phrasal verb
to be forced to leave your home because of floods

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