flood1 S3 [flʌd] v
1¦(cover with water)¦
3¦(go/arrive in large numbers)¦
4 flood something with something
5 be flooded with something
6 flood the market
Phrasal verbs
 be flooded out
1.) ¦(COVER WITH WATER)¦ [I and T]
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)¦ [I and T]
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)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
to arrive or go somewhere in large numbers
= ↑pour, flow ↑flow
Refugees are still flooding across the border.
Donations have been flooding in since we launched the appeal.
4.) flood sth with sth
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 sth
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
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)¦ [I and T]
if light floods a place or floods into it, it makes it very light and bright
flood into
Light flooded into the kitchen.
flood sth with sth
The morning sun flooded the room with a gentle light.
8.) ¦(FEELING)¦ [>I always + adv/prep, T]
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)¦ [I and T]
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 phr v
to be forced to leave your home because of floods
flood 2
flood2 S3 n
[: Old English; Origin: flod]
1.) [U and C]
a very large amount of water that covers an area that is usually dry
The village was cut off by floods.
the worst floods for over fifty years
a very large number of things or people that arrive at the same time
flood of
The UN appealed for help with the flood of refugees crossing the border.
3.) in floods of tears
crying a lot
She came downstairs in floods of tears.
4.) in flood
a river that is in flood has much more water in it than usual
flash flood atflash3 (1)

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