flood Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"flood" in British English

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flood verb (COVER WITH WATER)

B1 [I or T] to ​cause to ​fill or ​becomecovered with ​water, ​especially in a way that ​causesproblems: Our ​washingmachinebroke down ​yesterday and flooded the ​kitchen. The ​wholetown flooded when the ​riverburstitsbanks. Several ​familiesliving by the ​river were flooded out (= ​forced to ​leavetheirhouses because they ​becamecovered with ​water).
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flood verb (ARRIVE)

B2 [I usually + adv/prep, T] to ​fill or ​enter a ​place in ​largenumbers or ​amounts: Donations are flooding into the ​homelessshelter. She ​drew back the ​curtains and the ​sunlight came flooding in. Japanesecars have flooded the market (= a lot of them are on ​sale). He was flooded with (= ​suddenlyfelt a lot of)joy when his first ​child was ​born. For Proust, the ​taste of a madeleine ​broughtchildhoodmemories flooding back (= made him ​suddenlyremember a lot of things).
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flood noun (WATER)

B1 [C or U] a ​largeamount of ​watercovering an ​area that is usually ​dry: After the flood it took ​weeks for the ​waterlevel to go down. The ​river is in flood (= ​water has ​flowed over ​itsbanks) 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 ​wholeearth as a ​punishment
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flood noun (LARGE AMOUNT)

C2 [C] a ​largeamount or ​number of something: A flood ofcheapimports has come into the ​country.
(Definition of flood from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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floodverb [I/T]

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

to ​fill or ​becomecovered with ​water or to ​cause this to ​happen to something: [T] A ​burstpipe flooded the ​bathroom. [I] The ​basements of many ​downtownbuildings would flood ​whenever it rained.

flood verb [I/T] (FILL)

to ​fill or be ​filled with a ​largeamount 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 ​immigrantsbegan to flood into Florida. [T] We don’t ​want them to flood the ​market with ​cheapimports. If you flood an ​engine, you ​fill it with so much ​fuel that it will not ​start.

floodnoun [C]

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flood noun [C] (LARGE AMOUNT OF WATER)

a ​largeamount of ​watercovering an ​area that is usually ​dry: Kingston was ​heavilydamaged by a flood.


a ​largeamount or ​number of something: Planners are hoping for a flood of visitors when the ​centeropens. He was ​filled with a flood of new ​emotions.
(Definition of flood from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"flood" in Business English

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floodverb [I or T]

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to ​enter or ​leave a ​place in large ​numbers or ​amounts: Record ​publicspending, fueled by high ​oilprices, is flooding the country's ​flourishingeconomy with ​cash. Electronic ​gadgets have flooded the ​market in recent ​years.flood in from somewhere Turnover continues to ​increase as ​orders flood in from around the ​world.flood into/out of sth Foreign ​money has been flooding into the London ​propertymarket for several ​years now.
[T, usually passive] to ​send something such as ​letters, ​emails, or ​requests in large ​numbers to a ​person or ​organization: Unwanted ​email – or ​spam – is flooding ​inboxes at an unprecedented ​rate.be flooded with orders/requests/calls The ​phonelines were flooded with ​calls from worried and angry ​consumers.flood sth with sth Overseas ​students continue to flood colleges with ​applications for ​courses.

floodnoun [C]

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a large ​number or ​amount of ​people or things: Fund ​managers are surprised how quickly the ​trickle of ​moneyleaving the country has become a flood.a flood of sth A ​bumperharvest coupled with a flood of ​imports have ​pushed the ​price of sugar ​lower.
(Definition of flood from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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