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 The overwhelming support for statehood is the highest margin of support when compared to Puerto Rico and Guam residents. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, "The decades-long debates surrounding D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam statehood have been reignited. What's the best option?," 1 May 2021 The club also hasn't received an overwhelming amount of positive play from those positions in the first two matches with Calvin Harris on the left and Alvaro Barreal on the right. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "FC Cincinnati head coach Jaap Stam: 'I believe in my way of playing'," 29 Apr. 2021 These kinds of reasonable reforms have the overwhelming support of the American people – including many gun owners. Tim Darnell, ajc, "READ: Full text of President Joe Biden’s first speech before Congress," 29 Apr. 2021 Overall, though, Portlanders expressed overwhelming support for the proposal over the past few months, recognizing the immediate need of homeless neighbors. oregonlive, "Portland council passes rules to allow more homeless shelters, housing options," 29 Apr. 2021 These kinds of reasonable reforms have the overwhelming support of the American people -- including many gun owners. CNN, "Read President Joe Biden's first address to Congress," 28 Apr. 2021 These kinds of reasonable reforms have overwhelming support from the American people, including many gun owners. ABC News, "Full transcript: President Joe Biden delivers speech to joint session of Congress," 28 Apr. 2021 These kinds of reasonable reforms have the overwhelming support of the American people – including many gun owners. Washington Examiner Staff, Washington Examiner, "READ IN FULL: Biden's first address to joint session of Congress," 28 Apr. 2021 In order for Mars to have been watery and wet — which there’s an overwhelming amount of geological evidence for — there must have been a substantial, thick atmosphere on Mars long ago. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, "Ask Ethan: Were Mars And Venus Ever Living Planets?," 16 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of overwhelming

1567, in the meaning defined above

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“Overwhelming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overwhelming. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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overwhelming

adjective

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

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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