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verb flood pronunciation in British English /flʌd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleflooding
past tenseflooded
past participleflooded
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  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.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if light floods into a place or floods a place, the place becomes filled with bright light
    flood into/out of/through: I opened the curtains and light flooded into the room.
    Pale sunshine flooded the classroom.
    be flooded with something: Suddenly the house was flooded with moonlight.
  3. 3
    [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.
  4. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] mainly literary if tears flood your eyes, or if your eyes flood with tears, you suddenly start to cry
  5. 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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