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overwhelm

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verb over·whelm \ˌō-vər-ˈhwelm, -ˈwelm\

Simple Definition of overwhelm

  • : to affect (someone) very strongly

  • : to cause (someone) to have too many things to deal with

  • : to defeat (someone or something) completely

Full Definition of overwhelm

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  upset, overthrow

  3. 2 a :  to cover over completely :  submerge b :  to overcome by superior force or numbers c :  to overpower in thought or feeling

Examples of overwhelm

  1. Don't overwhelm him with facts.

  2. They were overwhelmed with work.

  3. The city was overwhelmed by the invading army.



Origin of overwhelm

Middle English, from 1over + whelmen to turn over, cover up


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with overwhelm


OVERWHELM Defined for Kids

overwhelm

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verb over·whelm \ˌō-vər-ˈhwelm, -ˈwelm\

Definition of overwhelm

over·whelmedover·whelm·ing

  1. 1 :  to overcome completely (as with great force or emotion) <The larger army overwhelmed the troops.> <She was overwhelmed with grief.>

  2. 2 :  to cover over completely :  submerge <Waves overwhelmed the small boat.>





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