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flood

verb uk   /flʌd/ us  

flood verb (COVER WITH WATER)

B1 [I or T] to cause to fill or become covered with water, especially in a way that causes problems: Our washing machine broke down yesterday and flooded the kitchen. The whole town flooded when the river burst its banks. Several families living by the river were flooded out (= forced to leave their houses because they became covered with water).
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flood verb (ARRIVE)

B2 [I usually + adv/prep, T] to fill or enter a place in large numbers or amounts: Donations are flooding into the homeless shelter. She drew back the curtains and the sunlight came flooding in. Japanese cars have flooded the market (= a lot of them are on sale). He was flooded with (= suddenly felt a lot of) joy when his first child was born. For Proust, the taste of a madeleine brought childhood memories flooding back (= made him suddenly remember a lot of things).
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flood

noun uk   /flʌd/ us  

flood noun (WATER)

B1 [C or U] a large amount of water covering an area that is usually dry: After the flood it took weeks for the water level to go down. The river is in flood (= water has flowed over its banks) again.in floods of tears UK crying a lot: I found her in floods of tears in the toilets.the Flood (in the Bible) a flood sent by God that covered the whole Earth as a punishment
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flood noun (LARGE AMOUNT)

C2 [C] a large amount or number of something: A flood of cheap imports has come into the country.
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