flood1 [ flʌd ] verb **
▸ 1 when water covers something
▸ 2 arrive in large numbers
▸ 3 when light fills place
▸ 4 about engine
▸ 5 suddenly start to cry
▸ 6 when face turns red
▸ 7 feel emotion strongly
1. ) transitive if water floods a place, it covers it:
Water burst through the dam and flooded local villages.
The ground floor of the house was flooded.
a ) intransitive to become covered or filled with water:
Ten years ago the valley flooded.
b ) intransitive if a river floods, water rises up over its edges and covers the land around it
c ) intransitive if water floods somewhere, it flows there quickly and in large amounts:
flood in/out/down etc.: Water was flooding in through the back door.
2. ) intransitive or transitive if people or things flood somewhere, they go there or arrive there in large numbers:
flood into/out of/across etc.: Calls have been flooding into our office from worried parents.
Refugees are flooding out of the capital.
be flooded with something: The TV station was flooded with complaints.
3. ) intransitive or transitive if light floods into a place or floods a place, the place becomes filled with bright light:
Pale sunshine flooded the classroom.
flood into/out of/through: I opened the curtains and light flooded into the room.
be flooded with something: Suddenly the house was flooded with moonlight.
4. ) intransitive or transitive if you flood an engine or it floods, too much fuel goes into it and it will not start
5. ) intransitive or transitive MAINLY LITERARY if tears flood your eyes or your eyes flood with tears, you suddenly start to cry
6. ) intransitive or transitive MAINLY LITERARY if color floods your face or cheeks or your face floods with color, your face suddenly turns red because you feel a strong emotion
7. ) intransitive or transitive MAINLY LITERARY if an emotion floods through you or you are flooded with an emotion, you suddenly feel it strongly:
Relief flooded through him.
flood the market
to make such a large number of goods or services available for sale that they cannot all be sold and the price falls:
Cheap imported goods are flooding the market.
,flood `back phrasal verb intransitive
if memories or feelings flood back, you suddenly remember them very clearly:
When he told me his name, it all came flooding back.
,flood `out phrasal verb transitive usually passive
if people are flooded out, their home becomes filled with water and they are forced to leave
flood 2 [ flʌd ] noun **
1. ) count or uncount a large amount of water that covers an area that was dry before:
Florida has been badly hit by floods.
Ambulances could not get through the floods.
After three weeks the flood waters finally receded.
a ) the Flood in the Bible, the occasion when God covered the earth with water to punish people
2. ) count a large number of people or things that move somewhere or arrive somewhere at the same time:
flood of: The border areas are trying to cope with a flood of refugees.
We received a flood of letters protesting against the change.
a ) a large number of things that happen at the same time:
flood of: This year has seen a flood of new consumer legislation.
3. ) count a flood of light is a strong light that fills a place
4. ) count a flood of memories or feelings is a lot of strong memories or feelings that suddenly affect you:
The song brought back a flood of memories.
in floods of tears MAINLY BRITISH
crying a lot:
She rushed out of the room in floods of tears.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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