What does overwhelm mean?

Definitions for overwhelmˌoʊ vərˈʰwɛlm, -ˈwɛlm

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word overwhelm.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. overwhelm, overpower, sweep over, whelm, overcome, overtake(verb)

    overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

  2. overwhelm, deluge, flood out(verb)

    charge someone with too many tasks

  3. submerge, drown, overwhelm(verb)

    cover completely or make imperceptible

    "I was drowned in work"; "The noise drowned out her speech"

  4. overpower, overmaster, overwhelm(verb)

    overcome by superior force


  1. overwhelm(Verb)

    To engulf, surge-over and submerge

    The dinghy was overwhelmed by the great wave.

  2. overwhelm(Verb)

    To overpower, crush

    In December 1939 the Soviet Union attacked Finland with overwhelming force.

  3. overwhelm(Verb)

    To overpower emotionally

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Overwhelm

    ō-vėr-hwelm′, v.t. to overspread and crush by something heavy or strong: to flow over and bear down: to overcome.—p.adj. Overwhel′ming, crushing with weight, &c.: irresistible.—adv. Overwhel′mingly.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of overwhelm in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of overwhelm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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