overarching

adjective
over·​arch·​ing | \ ˌō-vər-ˈär-chiŋ How to pronounce overarching (audio) \

Definition of overarching

1 : forming an arch overhead an overarching bower an overarching bridge
2 : dominating or embracing all else overarching goals overarching ambition projects of overarching public benefit— Bob Katz

Examples of overarching in a Sentence

Computer downtime is an overarching problem in all departments.
Recent Examples on the Web This line, delivered flawlessly by Smith, provides the overarching sentiment behind the film. Tanya Christian, Glamour, 19 Nov. 2021 One climate deal itself won't do the trick to limit warming to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit since preindustrial times, the U.N.'s overarching goal, Espinosa said. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 15 Nov. 2021 One climate deal itself won't do the trick to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) since pre-industrial times, the U.N.'s overarching goal, Espinosa said. Seth Borenstein, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Nov. 2021 Before the India change, negotiators said the deal preserved, albeit barely, the overarching goal of limiting Earth’s warming by the end of the century to 1.5 degrees. Seth Borenstein, Frank Jordans, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Nov. 2021 Negotiators said the deal preserved, albeit barely, the overarching goal of limiting Earth’s warming by the end of the century to 1.5 degrees. Seth Borenstein And Frank Jordans, chicagotribune.com, 13 Nov. 2021 In #HereToBeHeard, the overarching theme to end systemic gender discrimination requires organizations to evaluate all the key areas in their company system that are contributing to that discrimination. Mary Beth Ferrante, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 The coronavirus has reemerged as an overarching theme after a quiet summer in which cases ebbed to their lowest levels since the beginning of the pandemic. Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2021 It’s the overarching theme of Halloween Horror Nights, where the fun comes drenched in blood. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 15 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of overarching

1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Nov 2021

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“Overarching.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overarching. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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overarching

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of overarching

: including or influencing every part of something

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