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verb flood pronunciation in American English /flʌd/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyflood
he/she/itfloods
present participleflooding
past tenseflooded
past participleflooded
  1. 1
    [transitive] if water floods a place, it covers it

    Water burst through the dam and flooded local villages.

    The ground floor of the house was flooded.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to become covered or filled with water

      Ten years ago the valley flooded.

    2. c.
      [intransitive] if water floods somewhere, it flows there quickly and in large amounts
      flood in/out/down etc.:

      Water was flooding in through the back door.

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  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if people or things flood somewhere, they go there or arrive there in large numbers
    flood into/out of/across etc.:

    Calls have been flooding into our office from worried parents.

    Refugees are flooding out of the capital.

    be flooded with something:

    The TV station was flooded with complaints.

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  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] if light floods into a place or floods a place, the place becomes filled with bright light

    Pale sunshine flooded the classroom.

    flood into/out of/through:

    I opened the curtains and light flooded into the room.

    be flooded with something:

    Suddenly the house was flooded with moonlight.

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  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] if you flood an engine, or if it floods, too much fuel goes into it and it will not start
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  5. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] mainly literary if tears flood your eyes, or if your eyes flood with tears, you suddenly start to cry
  6. 7
    [intransitive/transitive] mainly literary if an emotion floods through you, or if you are flooded with an emotion, you suddenly feel it strongly

    Relief flooded through him.

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