Spate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |speɪt|  American pronunciation of the word spate
Brit.  |speɪt|  British pronunciation of the word spate


- (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent (syn: batch, deal, flock, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, raft, sight, slew, stack, wad)
- a sudden forceful flow (syn: rush, surge, upsurge)
- the occurrence of a water flow resulting from sudden rain or melting snow (syn: freshet)


A spate of books on the subject have come out recently.

There was a spate of corporate mergers in the 1980s.

The Thames was in (full) spate.

Word forms

singular: spate
plural: spates
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