Definitions for overwhelmˌoʊ vərˈʰwɛlm, -ˈwɛlm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•ver•whelmˌoʊ vərˈʰwɛlm, -ˈwɛlm(v.t.)

  1. to overpower in mind or feeling:

    overwhelmed by remorse.

  2. to overpower with superior force or numbers.

  3. to cover or bury beneath a mass of something.

  4. to burden excessively.

Origin of overwhelm:

1300–50; ME

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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. overwhelm(verb)ˌoʊ vərˈʰwɛlm, -ˈwɛlm

    to make sb feel very strong emotions that are difficult to deal with

    parents overwhelmed with grief after the death of their daughter; The beauty of the landscape overwhelmed her.

  2. overwhelmˌoʊ vərˈʰwɛlm, -ˈwɛlm

    to give sb so much of sth that it is difficult to deal with

    students overwhelmed by the huge amounts of information


  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

Translations for overwhelm

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to defeat or overcome

He was overwhelmed with work/grief.

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