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.

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Newman said of Project Athena’s overarching mission. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Inside Project Athena: How Intel and PC makers are creating the ultra-responsive laptops of tomorrow," 7 Jan. 2019 The overarching principle behind the unmanned warships is to use them to overwhelm an enemy at sea, stretching and breaking an adversary’s ability to keep track of all the U.S. Navy can throw at it. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What We Know About the U.S. Navy's Drone Fleet of the Future," 15 Jan. 2019 From Beyoncé's overarching creative direction, to Tyler Mitchell (at 23-years old, the publication's first-ever black cover photographer), to the candid as told to essay, everything came together to solidify its place in history. Emily Wang, Glamour, "Beyoncé Wears This Highlighter, and No Higher Endorsement Exists," 7 Aug. 2018 The category of retro furniture is less specific than a certain style, like mid-century modern or French provincial, and more overarching to describe pieces that are decidedly outdated but appealing today because of their outdated-ness. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "What Exactly Is Retro Furniture?," 14 Jan. 2019 Feeling like something is in your eyes when nothing is Difficulty wearing contacts Trouble driving at night Eye fatigue (basically feeling like your eyes ran a marathon) There are a few overarching causes of dry eye. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is Why Your Eyes Get So Damn Dry—and How to Fix It," 14 Aug. 2018 Of these four stated overarching goals for 2017, the Trump administration has taken meaningful action on only one: ending human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "The G20 summit is a reminder of how little the US is doing for American workers," 26 Nov. 2018 Because the overarching goal is to push back against this president as hard as possible. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway: CNN's bombshell report is just a bomb," 29 Aug. 2018 The overarching constitutional concern with independent agencies is that the agencies are unchecked by the president, the official who is accountable to the people and who is responsible under Article II for the exercise of executive power. Ashby Jones, WSJ, "Judge Brett Kavanaugh: In His Own Words," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of overarching

1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of overarching

formal : including or influencing every part of something

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