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overwhelm

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

: 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

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

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

Definition of OVERWHELM for Kids

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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