Definition of Overwhelm

1. Verb. Overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli.




2. Verb. Charge someone with too many tasks.
Exact synonyms: Deluge, Flood Out
Generic synonyms: Burden, Charge, Saddle
Derivative terms: Deluge

3. Verb. Cover completely or make imperceptible. "The noise drowned out her speech"
Exact synonyms: Drown, Submerge
Generic synonyms: Cover, Spread Over
Also: Drown Out

4. Verb. Overcome by superior force. "The fighter managed to overwhelm his opponent"
Exact synonyms: Overmaster, Overpower
Generic synonyms: Beat, Beat Out, Crush, Shell, Trounce, Vanquish
Specialized synonyms: Steamroll, Steamroller

Definition of Overwhelm

1. v. t. To cover over completely, as by a great wave; to overflow and bury beneath; to ingulf; hence, figuratively, to immerse and bear down; to overpower; to crush; to bury; to oppress, etc., overpoweringly.

2. n. The act of overwhelming.

Definition of Overwhelm

1. Verb. To engulf, surge-over and submerge ¹

2. Verb. To overpower, crush ¹

3. Verb. To overpower emotionally ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Overwhelm

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Overwhelm

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overweight
overweighted
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overweights
overwell
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overwelling
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overwent
overwet
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overwhelm (current term)
overwhelmed
overwhelmedness
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overwhip
overwhipped
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overwide
overwidth

Literary usage of Overwhelm

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1. English Synonymes Explained: In Alphabetical Order ; with Copious by George Crabb (1883)
"To overwhelm (ยป. To overbear) is to cover with a heavy body, so that one should sink under it: to CKl'SII is to destroy the consistency of a thing by ..."

2. A Brief History of the Great War by Carlton Joseph Huntley Hayes (1920)
"CHAPTER III RUSSIA FAILS TO overwhelm GERMANY THE RUSSIAN INVASION OF EAST PRUSSIA ONE significant effect of the German failure speedily to crush France was ..."

3. A Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions by Richard Soule, George Holmes Howison (1891)
"Overpower, va I. Subdue, conquer, overwhelm, overcome, overturn, overbear, ... overwhelm, overcome, overmaster, get the better of, affect by intensity. ..."

4. A Cycle of Adams Letters, 1861-1865 by Charles Francis Adams, Henry Adams (1920)
"People don't overwhelm us with attentions, but that is excusable. CHARLES FRANCIS ADAMS, JR., TO JOHN QUINCY ADAMS Potomac Bridge, Virginia November 28, ..."

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