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flood

verb [I/T]  /flʌd/ us  

flood verb [I/T] (COVER WITH WATER)

to fill or become covered with water or to cause this to happen to something: [T] A burst pipe flooded the bathroom. [I] The basements of many downtown buildings would flood whenever it rained.

flood verb [I/T] (FILL)

to fill or be filled with a large amount or too much of something: [I always + adv/prep] Sunlight floods in through a skylight in the ceiling. [I always + adv/prep] In the 1960s, Cuban immigrants began to flood into Florida. [T] We don’t want them to flood the market with cheap imports. If you flood an engine, you fill it with so much fuel that it will not start.

flood

noun [C]  /flʌd/ us  

flood noun [C] (LARGE AMOUNT OF WATER)

a large amount of water covering an area that is usually dry: Kingston was heavily damaged by a flood.

flood noun [C] (LARGE AMOUNT OF SOMETHING)

a large amount or number of something: Planners are hoping for a flood of visitors when the center opens. He was filled with a flood of new emotions.
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