Overwhelm meaning

ō'vər-wĕlm', -hwĕlm'
Overwhelm is defined as to completely overcome or take over.

An example of overwhelm is for a teacher to assign students five lengthy papers due on the same day.

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To turn over; upset.

The small craft was overwhelmed by the enormous waves.

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To surge over and submerge; engulf.

Waves overwhelming the rocky shoreline.

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To present with an excessive amount.

They overwhelmed us with expensive gifts.

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To pour down upon and cover over or bury beneath.
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To dominate, subdue, obliterate, etc. as because of superior or excessive strength; overpower.
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To overcome emotionally.

He was overwhelmed by their generosity.

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To overthrow or overturn.
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The dinghy was overwhelmed by the great wave.

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

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To overpower emotionally.

He was overwhelmed with guilt.

Joy overwhelmed her when she realized that she had won a million dollars.

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To cause to surround, to cover.

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Origin of overwhelm

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