swamp - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participleswamping
past tenseswamped
past participleswamped
  1. 1
    [usually passive] to give someone too much to deal with at one time
    swamp someone with something:

    Online bookshops were swamped with orders during the pre-Christmas rush.

  2. 2
    [usually passive] to enter somewhere, or to surround someone, in very large numbers
  3. 3
    to affect someone in a major way, so that they are almost unable to deal with their feelings or with a particular situation

    Fear for her children threatened to swamp her.