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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The overarching idea, with these two examples and many others baked into the stadium’s DNA, is to create happy customers who come back again and again. Mark Faller, azcentral, "A to-do list for the Arizona Coyotes' new owner Alex Meruelo," 19 June 2019 The country’s lack of a feudal past meant there were no other overarching ideas about how to organize society, achieve self-governance, or define the relationship between the state and the economy. Julia Azari, Vox, "Do Americans avoid ideology?," 1 June 2018 What this means for Trump's overarching attitude toward Israel, the Palestinians and his Middle East policy more generally is not clear. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "It's Israel's election but here's why Donald Trump is the 'King of Israel'," 16 Sep. 2019 This overarching, positive outlook enabled me to get over many hurdles and bumps along the way as the business grew. Rachel King, Fortune, "A Women-Run Travel Agency Leading Adventure Trips for Women Only," 14 Sep. 2019 Julián Castro swings below the belt The overarching, but largely unspoken, question hanging over Biden’s campaign is his age — 76 — and acuity. Los Angeles Times, "7 takeaways from the Democratic debate in Houston," 12 Sep. 2019 Building a workforce was also important, but the overarching, overriding concern was preparing citizens to exercise their rights and responsibilities. Danielle Allen, Twin Cities, "Danielle Allen: If we care about democracy, we need to rebuild civics education in our schools," 8 Sep. 2019 The overarching theme amongst fans on Twitter was that EA SPORTS have been fairly lenient with his rating, despite dropping it by two. SI.com, "FIFA 20: Manchester United Fans React to Shocking Top 100 Ratings Reveal," 10 Sep. 2019 Some efforts to combat this situation, Anderson says, are ironically emblematic of the overarching problem. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, "Can Spaceflight Save the Planet?," 6 Sep. 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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