Overarching definitions

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The definition of overarching is forming an arch above or linking everything together.

An example of overarching is a trellis of roses over a fence gate.

An example of overarching is putting all the construction details into one report.

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Forming an arch overhead or above.

Overarching branches.

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Encompassing, extensive, or general.

An overarching principle; an overarching theme.

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Forming an arch above or overhead.
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Encompassing or linking all that is within its scope, range, etc.

An overarching theory, theme, etc.

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Present participle of overarch.
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That forms an overhead arch.
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(by extension) All-embracing or overwhelming.

The work attains narrative continuity, variety in its stories, and unity through the overarching idea of metamorphosis.

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