flood noun

1 large amount of water

ADJ. devastating, great, heavy, severe | summer, winter

VERB + FLOOD cause Heavy rainfall in the mountains caused the floods.

FLOOD + VERB hit sth, strike sth This summer the region was struck by devastating floods. | inundate sth The meadowland was inundated by heavy floods. | cause sth The flood caused widespread destruction. | subside The floods are slowly subsiding.

FLOOD + NOUN water/waters | alert, damage, victim | control, defence, prevention, protection, relief

PHRASES be in (full) flood The river was in full flood (= had flooded its banks).

2 large number/amount

ADJ. great | constant | sudden

FLOOD + VERB inundate sb/sth She was inundated by floods of fan mail.

PREP. ~ of a great flood of refugees

PHRASES in floods of tears (= crying a lot) The little girl was in floods of tears.