- to overpower the thoughts, emotions, or senses of
- to overcome with irresistible force
- to cover over or bury completely
- to weigh or rest upon overpoweringly
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o•ver•whelm /ˌoʊvɚˈhwɛlm, -ˈwɛlm/USA pronunciation v. [~ + object]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to overpower or overcome in mind or feeling:She was overwhelmed by remorse.
- to overpower or defeat (a group) with greater force or numbers:The enemy battalion overwhelmed our defenders.
- to burden excessively:He was overwhelmed with work, illness, and family problems.
o•ver•whelm (ō′vər hwelm′, -welm′),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to overcome completely in mind or feeling:overwhelmed by remorse.
- to overpower or overcome, esp. with superior forces;
crush:Roman troops were overwhelmed by barbarians.
- to cover or bury beneath a mass of something, as floodwaters, debris, or an avalanche;
submerge:Lava from erupting Vesuvius overwhelmed the city of Pompeii.
- to load, heap, treat, or address with an overpowering or excessive amount of anything:a child overwhelmed with presents; to overwhelm someone with questions.
- to overthrow.
- 1300–50; Middle English; see over-, whelm
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overwhelm /ˌəʊvəˈwɛlm/ vb (transitive)
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