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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 His store is selling books online and over the phone, due to limited square footage and an overarching goal to keep employees safe. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Do I Support Local Businesses This Holiday Season?," 19 Nov. 2020 But the way the Pelicans are operating, illustrated by dealing Holiday, reveals an overarching desire to maximize the amount of possibilities to get there. Scott Kushner, NOLA.com, "Kushner: Jrue Holiday trade reaffirms Pelicans' belief in the long view," 17 Nov. 2020 Arizona utility regulators dropped a renewable energy requirement from an overarching clean energy standard proposal in a bid to ensure the standard survives with the new slate of commissioners joining next year. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Trump looks to beat Biden with fast oil lease sale in Arctic refuge," 16 Nov. 2020 Lack of leadership and an overarching national strategy on the pandemic is one reason. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "The pandemic has become a humanitarian disaster in the United States," 13 Nov. 2020 One of the overarching differences lies in the future of energy. Leslie Kaufman, Bloomberg.com, "The Day Is Here, and Climate Change Is on the Ballot," 3 Nov. 2020 So that one word becomes the overarching theme of our entire program. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, "IU football coach Tom Allen tells Pat McAfee he keeps putting himself at risk with celebrations," 10 Nov. 2020 But as the Lions enter their final match of the regular season against Nashville SC on Sunday, Pareja has already accomplished his overarching goal. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando City pushes to close regular season with win over Nashville SC," 7 Nov. 2020 That's an overarching concern among the state's hospital leaders, too. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "As COVID-19 cases rise again, are Michigan health care providers ready? It's complicated.," 1 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of overarching

1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Nov 2020

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“Overarching.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overarching. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of overarching

formal : including or influencing every part of something

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