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Definitions for overwhelming
ˌoʊ vərˈʰwɛl mɪŋ, -ˈwɛl-over·whelm·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. overpowering, overwhelmingadjective

    so strong as to be irresistible

    "an overpowering need for solitude"; "the temptation to despair may become overwhelming"; "an overwhelming majority"

  2. consuming, overwhelmingadjective

    very intense

    "politics is his consuming passion"; "overwhelming joy"


  1. overwhelmingverb

    Present participle of to overwhelm.

  2. overwhelmingadjective

    Overpowering, staggering, or irresistibly strong.

  3. overwhelmingadjective

    Very great or intense.

  4. overwhelmingadjective



  1. overwhelming

    Overwhelming refers to something that is too extreme, intense, or large to be managed, tolerated, or processed. It can result from an event, feeling, or situation characterized by its immensity, power, or complexity, often leading to feelings of being unable to cope or handle the situation. Its usage may comprise physical experiences and emotional or psychological states.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'overwhelming' in Adjectives Frequency: #814

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of overwhelming in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of overwhelming in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of overwhelming in a Sentence

  1. Chris Borick:

    Pennsylvania is perhaps the most coveted state on the 2020 electoral map, layer in all the procedural issues -- which are significant, ongoing, and complex -- and you create this dynamic that is overwhelming in many ways to voters. People are concerned about their votes being counted.

  2. Will McQuillen:

    Alaska Airlines pilots have been crucial in the overwhelming success of this airline and have earned a new contract that recognizes our contributions. The contract improvements we seek are reasonable, and affordable, and will allow our airline to remain successful and competitive.

  3. Public Health Barbara Ferrer:

    The best way to protect ourselves, slow the spread, and stop overwhelming our hospitals, is to pause participating in any activities that aren't absolutely essential, this is just not the time to go to the shopping mall or to a friend's house to watch a basketball or football game.

  4. John Ray:

    In view of all the new evidence that I have gathered, the case is overwhelming that Shannan was murdered and that the police have overlooked the correct persons of interest.

  5. Josef Joffe:

    You've had deadly crises in Europe from day one and we've overcome them. However we always had one crisis at a time. Today we have about five, from Brexit to ISIS and everything in between, in the past we had leadership. Today we are facing overwhelming demands on leadership and we are delivering less of it.

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