English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'overflow'

(verb) 
Definition
to be filled beyond capacity so as to spill over
I was concerned that the soup might overflow onto the carpet.
Synonyms
spill over
, ,
well over
,
run over
Water ran over the sides and trickled down on to the floor.
,
pour over
,
pour out
,
bubble over
He was quite tireless, bubbling over with vitality.
,
brim over
,
surge over
,
slop over
,
teem over
(verb) 
Definition
to flow over (a brim)
The river has overflowed its banks in several places.
Synonyms
flood
The house was flooded.
,
swamp
The river burst its banks, swamping a mobile home park.
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submerge
The river burst its banks, submerging an entire village.
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cover
Nearly a foot of water covered the streets.
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drown
The country would be drowned in blood.
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soak
Soak the beans for two hours.
, ,
inundate
Their neighbourhood is being inundated by the rising waters.
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deluge
Torrential rain deluged the capital.
,
pour over
(noun) 
Definition
something that overflows, usually a liquid
Carpeting is damaged from the overflow of water from a bathtub.
Synonyms
flood
This is the sort of flood dreaded by cavers.
,
flooding
,
spill
An oil spill could be devastating for wildlife.
, ,
spilling over
,
flash flood
,
inundation
They moved furniture from houses threatened with imminent inundation.
(noun) 
Definition
the amount by which a limit or capacity is exceeded
Tents have been set up next to hospitals to handle the overflow.
Synonyms
surplus
The country suffers from a surplus of lawyers.
, ,
excess
Avoid an excess of sugar in your diet.
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overspill
, ,
overabundance
Dairy farmers produce an overabundance of milk, keeping prices down.
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additional people or things

Additional synonyms

in the sense of bubble over
Definition
to express an emotion freely
He was quite tireless, bubbling over with vitality.
Synonyms
brim over,
be filled,
well over,
spill over
in the sense of cover
Nearly a foot of water covered the streets.
Synonyms
in the sense of deluge
Definition
to flood
Torrential rain deluged the capital.

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