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English definition of “flood”

flood

verb [I or T] (COVER WITH WATER)    /flʌd/
B1 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).Floods, tides and currentsEnclosing, surrounding and immersing
(Definition of flood verb (COVER WITH WATER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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