Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

flood - definition and synonyms

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun     flood pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a large amount of water that covers an area that was dry before

    Florida has been badly hit by floods.

    Ambulances could not get through the floods.

    After three weeks the flood waters finally receded.

    1. a.

      the Flood

      in the Bible, the occasion when God covered the earth with water to punish people
  2. 2
    [countable] a large number of people or things that move somewhere or arrive somewhere at the same time
    flood of:

    The border areas are trying to cope with a flood of refugees.

    We received a flood of letters protesting the change.

    1. a.
      a large number of things that happen at the same time
      flood of:

      This year has seen a flood of new consumer legislation.

  3. 3
    [countable] a flood of light is a strong light that fills a place
  4. 4
    [countable] a flood of memories or feelings is a lot of strong memories or feelings that suddenly affect you

    The song brought back a flood of memories.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play