overwhelming

adjective
over·​whelm·​ing | \ ˌō-vər-ˈ(h)wel-miŋ How to pronounce overwhelming (audio) \

Definition of overwhelming

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

Examples of overwhelming in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although the support for Ukraine in the song contest was ultimately overwhelming, the contest remained wide open until the final popular votes were tallied. Colleen Barry And Paolo Santalucia, BostonGlobe.com, 16 May 2022 While the support for Ukraine in the song contest was ultimately overwhelming, the contest remained wide open until the final popular votes were tallied. Fox News, 15 May 2022 While the support for Ukraine in the song contest was ultimately overwhelming, the contest remained wide open until the final popular votes were tallied. Colleen Barry And Paolo Santalucia, USA TODAY, 15 May 2022 While the support for Ukraine in the song contest was ultimately overwhelming, the contest remained wide open until the final popular votes were tallied. Colleen Barry, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 May 2022 Arellano is a kindergarten teacher -- the strain of losing one income is overwhelming. Byesther Castillejo Anderic Noll, ABC News, 12 May 2022 The hypocrisies were overwhelming; the business, loathsome. Brenda Wineapple, The New York Review of Books, 11 May 2022 The end result is a perfect clash of earthy and sweet, without being overwhelming. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 Finding a great summer book can be overwhelming as there are so many best-selling fiction and non-fiction releases on the literary market. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 9 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of overwhelming

1567, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2022

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“Overwhelming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overwhelming. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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overwhelming

adjective
over·​whelm·​ing | \ ˌō-vər-ˈhwel-miŋ How to pronounce overwhelming (audio) , -ˈwel- \

Kids Definition of overwhelming

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

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