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English definition of “spate”

spate

noun [C usually singular]     /speɪt/
a larger number of events than usual, especially unpleasant ones, happening at about the same time: Police are investigating a spate of burglaries in the Kingsland Road area.Masses and large amounts of things in (full) spate UK If a river is in (full) spate, it has more water in it and is flowing faster than it usually does.Movement of liquidsWatercourses and waterfalls
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