flood - definition and synonyms


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present tense
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
    2. b.
      [intransitive] if a river floods, water rises up over its edges and covers the land around it
    3. 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.

    be flooded with something:

    Suddenly the house was flooded with moonlight.

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  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. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] if you flood an engine, or if it floods, too much fuel goes into it and it will not start
  5. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] mainly literary if tears flood your eyes, or if your eyes flood with tears, you suddenly start to cry
  6. 6
    [intransitive/transitive] mainly literary if colour floods your face or cheeks. or if your face floods with colour, your face suddenly turns red because you feel a strong emotion
  7. 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.

phrasal verbs