Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “flood”


noun (WATER)    /flʌd/
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.Floods, tides and currents in floods of tears UK crying a lot: I found her in floods of tears in the toilets .Weeping and crying the Flood (in the Bible ) a flood sent by God that covered the whole Earth as a punishment The Bible - people, events and places
(Definition of flood noun (WATER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of flood

Definitions of “flood” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

grand prix

one of a series of important international races for very fast and powerful cars

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More