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English definition of “flood”

flood

verb [I usually + adv/prep, T] (ARRIVE)    /flʌd/
B2 to fill or enter a place in large numbers or amounts: Donations are flooding into the appeal office. 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).Filling and completing
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