over·​arch·​ing ˌō-vər-ˈär-chiŋ How to pronounce overarching (audio)
: forming an arch overhead
an overarching bower
an overarching bridge
: dominating or embracing all else
overarching goals
overarching ambition
projects of overarching public benefitBob Katz

Examples of overarching in a Sentence

Computer downtime is an overarching problem in all departments.
Recent Examples on the Web Storytelling, and stoking a broader awareness of the Indigenous presence in the state, is an overarching aim of the site. Eve Batey, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 Mar. 2023 The better focus given to the Artemis missions in the last year have assuaged some of 2021′s warnings, but the panel still considers having multiple contractors at play vs. one overarching lead contractor a risk. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 8 Feb. 2023 But the overarching taste of the evening’s results was bitter. Lauren Puckett-Pope, ELLE, 6 Feb. 2023 Although the year just started, Fahn is seeing a transition into a new overarching design style. Bryce Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Feb. 2023 See all Example Sentences for overarching 

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Word History

First Known Use

1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of overarching was in 1720

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“Overarching.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overarching. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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