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Synonyms and Antonyms of overwhelm

  1. 1 to subject to incapacitating emotional or mental stress <just the thought of how much work there is to do overwhelms me> Synonyms crush, devastate, floor, grind (down), oppress, overcome, overmaster, overpower, prostrate, snow under, swamp, whelm Related Words deluge, drown, sink; confute, defeat, refute; break, demoralize, distress, disturb, rock, shatter, stagger, throw, unman, unnerve, upset

  2. 2 to cover with a flood <that spring the massive runoff from melting snows overwhelmed the valley> Synonyms deluge, drown, engulf, gulf, inundate, overflow, flood, submerge, submerse, swampRelated Words avalanche, smother; overcome, overrun; flow, flush, gush, pour, sluice, spout, spurt, stream; douse (also dowse), drench, soak, wetNear Antonyms dehydrate, dry, parchAntonyms drain

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a dwelling place or home

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