Overwhelm Definition

ōvər-wĕlm, -hwĕlm
overwhelmed, overwhelms
overwhelmed, overwhelms
To surge over and submerge; engulf.
Waves overwhelming the rocky shoreline.
American Heritage
To pour down upon and cover over or bury beneath.
Webster's New World
To defeat completely and decisively.
Our team overwhelmed the visitors by 40 points.
American Heritage
To dominate, subdue, obliterate, etc. as because of superior or excessive strength; overpower.
Webster's New World
To affect deeply in mind or emotion.
Despair overwhelmed me.
American Heritage

Origin of Overwhelm

  • From over- +"Ž whelm, or rather Middle English whelmen.

    From Wiktionary

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