over·arch·ing | \ ˌō-vər-ˈär-chiŋ \

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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Peterson’s overarching narrative is one of renewal: make the West great again There is nothing particularly novel or controversial about Peterson’s theories, which read like a Wikipedia summary of the philosophy of Nietzsche. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The religious hunger that drives Jordan Peterson’s fandom," 1 June 2018 The overarching narrative continues no matter your choices, even adapting to the potential death of major characters without missing a beat. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Detroit: Become Human review: Robotic in all of the wrong ways," 24 May 2018 To be fair, much of Marvel Comics’ overarching narratives have revolved around items of power. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Avengers: Infinity War' Transcends Its Comic Book Origins," 28 Apr. 2018 The museum's overarching theme is examining what makes us human. Mitch Stacy, chicagotribune.com, "Psychology museum explores what makes us human," 10 July 2018 One overarching theme from both events: Not only should church leaders confronted with abuse allegations go directly to authorities, but churches also need to have proactive plans in place to deal with abuse. Sarah Smith, star-telegram, "Southern Baptists' #MeToo moment: 'Jesus does not need you to rescue his reputation'," 12 June 2018 The same song was reprised to close the show, with lyrics repurposed to celebrate the dreamers who win, perhaps the overarching theme of the evening. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "The 72nd Annual Tony Awards: TV Review," 11 June 2018 But the overarching feeling from Idaho Potato Commission president and CEO Frank Muir and Dairy West vice president of communication Cindy Miller isn't one of outright worry yet. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "What do Mexico's tariffs mean for Idaho dairy and cheese? Maybe not too much.," 8 June 2018 Gibbons monologues between the songs, not on any linear story, but about the overarching theme that Moth wants to break out of their cocoon. Trevor Fraser, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Review: Moth - Fringe 2018," 14 May 2018

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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

: including or influencing every part of something

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