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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That was the overarching theme ingrained in his two oldest boys, Jordan and Justus. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "Justus Sheffield found his competitive spirit early, and now it’s driving him toward a Mariners call-up," 13 Apr. 2019 Both houses of the California Legislature took final action Thursday on an overarching framework and a few key details of a new state budget, sending the package to Gov. Jerry Brown one day before their legal deadline to take action. John Myers, latimes.com, "California lawmakers meet deadline, sending nearly $200-billion state budget blueprint to Gov. Jerry Brown," 15 June 2018 The rendering includes nods to the traditional character of Frogmore Cottage with the crystal chandelier and sconces, but the overarching modern aesthetic of the nursery reflects the Sussex's new-age take on the monarchy. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Nursery Could Look Like This," 26 Mar. 2019 The accompanying report issued by Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web Foundation draws the overarching and obvious conclusion that the modern Web is getting progressively less open and less pleasant. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Tim Berners-Lee Wants a 'Magna Carta' to Save the Modern Internet. He's Way Too Late.," 8 Nov. 2018 In contrast, the United States doesn't have an overarching, federal commercial privacy law. Tony Romm, latimes.com, "Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg apologizes to European lawmakers, and they slam him," 22 May 2018 Can new migrants keep their identity but coexist with a nation’s overarching identity? The Christian Science Monitor, "Why Trump and Merkel must discuss migration," 26 Apr. 2018 Building a new Europe that could compete on equal terms with the U.S. and China in the post-Cold War world is Europe’s overarching goal. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Incredible Shrinking Europe," 11 Feb. 2019 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

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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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