overwhelming

adjective over·whelm·ing \ ˌō-vər-ˈ(h)wel-miŋ \

Definition of overwhelming

:tending or serving to overwhelm
  • overwhelming force
  • overwhelming evidence
; also :extreme, great
  • overwhelming indifference
  • an overwhelming majority

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First Known Use of overwhelming

1567


OVERWHELMING Defined for English Language Learners

overwhelming

adjective

Definition of overwhelming for English Language Learners

  • : very great in number, effect, or force

  • —used to describe something that is so confusing, difficult, etc., that you feel unable to do it


OVERWHELMING Defined for Kids

overwhelming

adjective over·whelm·ing \ ˌō-vər-ˈhwel-miŋ , -ˈwel- \

Definition of overwhelming for Students

1 :very great or strong
  • an overwhelming majority
2 :very difficult or confusing
  • an overwhelming task


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