tr.v. in·un·dat·ed, in·un·dat·ing, in·un·dates
1. To cover with water, especially floodwaters.
2. To overwhelm as if with a flood; swamp: The theater was inundated with requests for tickets.
[Latin inundāre, inundāt- : in-, in; see IN-2 + undāre, to surge (from unda, wave; see wed-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
in·unda·to′ry (-də-tôr′ē) adj.
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