What Does 'Inundated' Mean?


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When you give somebody a lot of things to do that are beyond his capability you have inundated the person with the work. Usually the word is being used in the passive voice only and most of the times you can find it in use in conjugation with 'with something'. The synonymous terms that you can use for the term are overwhelmed and swamp.

The following sentence can certainly considered as a helping hand in understanding the term well: We are an NGO of limited resource but because of the recent Tsunami we are inundated with the call for help from far flung areas which we are unable to handle.

In very formal English you can also find the word being used for covering an area of land with enormous amount of water.

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