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
Examples of overwhelm
Don't overwhelm him with facts.
They were overwhelmed with work.
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
Definition of overwhelm
1 : to overcome completely (as with great force or emotion) <The larger army overwhelmed the troops.> <She was overwhelmed with grief.>
2 : to cover over completely : submerge <Waves overwhelmed the small boat.>
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