- The definition of inundate is to flood or overwhelm with a lot of anything.
An example of inundate is when you send a perspective new customer 100 pages of brochures and material every day for weeks and weeks.
- to cover or engulf with a flood; deluge
- to overwhelm with a rush or great amount of anything
Origin: from Classical Latin inundatus, past participle of inundare, to overflow from in-, in, on plush undare, to move inch(es) waves, flood from unda, a wave: see water
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transitive verb in·un·dat·ed, in·un·dat·ing, in·un·dates
- To cover with water, especially floodwaters.
- To overwhelm as if with a flood; swamp: The theater was inundated with requests for tickets.
Origin: Latin inundāre, inundāt- : in-, in; see in-2 + undāre, to surge (from unda, wave; see wed-1 in Indo-European roots).
- inˌun·daˈtion noun
- inˈun·daˌtor noun
- in·unˈda·toˌry adjective