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overflow

o·ver·flow

overflow

 
 
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
pronunciation: o vr flo
inflections: overflowed, overflowing, overflows
definition 1: to flow over the top edge of something.
The river overflows each spring.
synonyms:
flood
definition 2: to be so full that the contents spill over the top edge.
The blocked sink overflowed.
synonyms:
flood
definition 3: to spill from one space into another.
The crowd overflowed into the hallway.
similar words:
flood, flow, spill
definition 4: to flood over or across.
The brook overflowed its banks and the nearby fields.
synonyms:
deluge, flood, overrun
similar words:
engulf, submerge
 
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: o vr flo
definition: that which flows over because the container is too full.
He caught the overflow in a bucket.
similar words:
excess, spill
Word Builder: overflow +
  • overflowing:
    too full; with the contents flowing over the top edge.
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