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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But the document approved by the legislature was only a few pages long and provided overarching goals, with few specifics. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "Li Keqiang, Chinese Premier, Reaches Out to Trump and Business," 2 July 2019 The big, overarching goal would be to see what effects microplastic has on organisms and how those effects propagate through the ecosystem. Matt Simon, WIRED, "How Remote Lakes Could Help Unravel the Mysteries of Microplastic," 1 July 2019 An overarching goal of deregulation is to shift more responsibility to the states. Alex Leary, WSJ, "Trump Administration Pushes to Deregulate With Less Enforcement," 23 June 2019 The idea is to encourage discussion about art found in museums, which ties in with The Heritage Lab’s overarching goal: making museums more accessible and inclusive through social media campaigns, games and activities. Shailaja Tripathi, Quartz India, "Meet the people trying to show Indians that museums are for more than school trips," 31 May 2019 On top of that, HBO also released an overarching description for Season 7 as a whole: Daenerys Targaryen has finally set sail for Westeros with her armies, dragons and new Hand of the Queen, Tyrion Lannister. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Find out what happens in the first three episodes.," 7 July 2017 One question unlikely to be answered anytime soon: Whether the next phase of MCU titles will build an epic overarching storyline, à la the formation of the Avengers and super-villain Thanos’ quest for the Infinity stones. Sonaiya Kelley, latimes.com, "'Spider-Man: Far From Home' lays the groundwork for the future of Marvel and Tom Holland," 27 June 2019 The overarching question is whether patients and employers can ever do comparison shopping effectively. J.b. Silvers, The Conversation, "Health care price transparency: Fool’s gold, or real money in your pocket?," 24 June 2019 When addressing a conflict involving a multitude of perspectives, mediators look for overarching interests and values. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Homelessness: Many sides of the same coin," 23 June 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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