overwhelmed

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
o•ver•whelm /ˌoʊvɚˈhwɛlm, -ˈwɛlm/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to overpower or overcome in mind or feeling:She was overwhelmed by remorse.
  2. to overpower or defeat (a group) with greater force or numbers:The enemy battalion overwhelmed our defenders.
  3. to burden excessively:He was overwhelmed with work, illness, and family problems.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
o•ver•whelm  (ō′vər hwelm, -welm),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to overcome completely in mind or feeling:overwhelmed by remorse.
  2. to overpower or overcome, esp. with superior forces;
    destroy;
    crush:Roman troops were overwhelmed by barbarians.
  3. 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.
  4. to load, heap, treat, or address with an overpowering or excessive amount of anything:a child overwhelmed with presents; to overwhelm someone with questions.
  5. to overthrow.
  • 1300–50; Middle English; see over-, whelm

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
overwhelm /ˌəʊvəˈwɛlm/ vb (transitive)
  1. to overpower the thoughts, emotions, or senses of
  2. to overcome with irresistible force
  3. to cover over or bury completely
  4. to weigh or rest upon overpoweringly
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