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

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The overwhelming sense was always that this would happen, though. SI.com, "Unstoppable USWNT Are World Cup Champions; But France 2019 Has Shown Us How Much Things Are Changing," 7 July 2019 Despite the headlines, overwhelming feeling of prevalent activity, terrorism is on the decline and not a leading cause of death among Americans abroad. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Global terrorism is in decline. For victims, it doesn't feel like it," 6 July 2019 Each Friday, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows on subscription services and recommending a single perfect thing to watch this weekend. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Cop Car shows where Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts learned action and storytelling," 5 July 2019 Hasina won her fourth term and her third straight with an overwhelming victory in Bangladesh’s last election in late December. Washington Post, "Bangladesh court sentences 9 to death for ‘94 Hasina attack," 5 July 2019 Invoke the self-indication assumption, and there is an overwhelming statistical case for the multiverse theory! William Poundstone, Vox, "A math equation that predicts the end of humanity," 5 July 2019 Fire departments and government agencies in Los Angeles, Kern County and San Bernardino County have reported an overwhelming amount of 9-1-1 calls and are urging people to only call if there’s an immediate emergency. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "The Biggest Earthquake in 20 Years Hit Southern California. Here's What to Know," 5 July 2019 Significant others can’t compete with the overwhelming love of a true blue BFF. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Survey Finds Over Half of Dog Owners Kiss Their Pooches More Than Their Partners," 5 July 2019 At one point during the 1960s, space made up close to 5 percent of the national budget — with overwhelming bipartisan approval. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Some people say it never happened, but this Dallas author says we can and will return to the moon," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of overwhelming

1567, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of overwhelming

: very great in number, effect, or force
used to describe something that is so confusing, difficult, etc., that you feel unable to do it


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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