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Definitions of overwhelm

  1. To project or impend over threateningly. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To cause to surround, to cover. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To flow over completely; swallow up, as by a flood; to crush utterly. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To overspread and bear down; fall upon and crush; subdue. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To whelm or submerge completely. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. To overcome with effusiveness or profusion. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. charge someone with too many tasks Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. overcome by superior force Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. To overspread or crush; to immerse and bear down. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. To crush with something that covers or embraces the whole; to submerge or immerse; to overpower or subdue. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. The act of overwhelming. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Overwhelmingly. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Overwhelming. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for overwhelm

  1. My heart they overwhelm – Grimm Tales Made Gay by Guy Wetmore Carryl
  2. He felt that his brief lease of life was running out; he felt as if he and Mary had been standing upon a narrow tract of yellow sand; very bright, very pleasant under the sunshine; but with the slow- coming tide rising like a wall about them, and creeping stealthily onward to overwhelm them. – John Marchmont's Legacy, Volume I (of 3) by Mary E. Braddon
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