Overwhelm

  • 1 overwhelm — [v1] flood, beat physically bury, conquer, crush, defeat, deluge, destroy, drown, drub*, engulf, inundate, massacre, overcome, overflow, overpower, overrun, overthrow, rout, smother, submerge, swamp, thrash, total*, whip*, win*; concepts 86,95… …

    New thesaurus

  • 2 Overwhelm — O ver*whelm , n. The act of overwhelming. [R.] [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Overwhelm — O ver*whelm , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Overwhelmed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Overwhelming}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To cover over completely, as by a great wave; to overflow and bury beneath; to ingulf; hence, figuratively, to immerse and bear down; to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 overwhelm — I verb astonish, beat, besiege, bewilder, bury, confound, confuse, conquer, daze, defeat, deluge, demergere, destroy, discomfit, immerse, impress, inundate, master, obruere, opprimere, overcome, overpower, overrun, overthrow, quash, quell, shock …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 overwhelm — (v.) early 14c., to turn upside down, to overthrow, from OVER (Cf. over) + M.E. whelmen to turn upside down (see WHELM (Cf. whelm)). Meaning to submerge completely is mid 15c. Perhaps the connecting notion is a boat, etc., washed over, and… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 overwhelm — ► VERB 1) submerge beneath a huge mass. 2) defeat completely; overpower. 3) have a strong emotional effect on. DERIVATIVES overwhelming adjective. ORIGIN from archaic whelm engulf or submerge , from Old English …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 overwhelm — [ō΄vər hwelm′, ō΄vərwelm′] vt. [ME oferwhelmen: see OVER & WHELM] 1. to pour down upon and cover over or bury beneath 2. to make helpless, as with greater force or deep emotion; overcome; crush; overpower 3. Obs. to overthrow or overturn… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 overwhelm — verb ADVERB ▪ absolutely, completely, totally ▪ quite, rather ▪ almost, nearly ▪ suddenly …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 9 overwhelm — [[t]o͟ʊvə(r)(h)we̱lm[/t]] overwhelms, overwhelming, overwhelmed 1) VERB If you are overwhelmed by a feeling or event, it affects you very strongly, and you do not know how to deal with it. [be V ed] He was overwhelmed by a longing for times past …

    English dictionary

  • 10 overwhelm */ — UK [ˌəʊvə(r)ˈwelm] / US [ˌoʊvərˈwelm] / US [ˌoʊvərˈhwelm] verb [transitive] Word forms overwhelm : present tense I/you/we/they overwhelm he/she/it overwhelms present participle overwhelming past tense overwhelmed past participle overwhelmed 1) a) …

    English dictionary

  • 11 overwhelm — /oh veuhr hwelm , welm /, v.t. 1. to overcome completely in mind or feeling: overwhelmed by remorse. 2. to overpower or overcome, esp. with superior forces; destroy; crush: Roman troops were overwhelmed by barbarians. 3. to cover or bury beneath… …

    Universalium

  • 12 overwhelm — 01. When she found out she had won the award, she was [overwhelmed] with joy. 02. The young mother was [overwhelmed] with love when she first held her newborn baby. 03. The small loan project has been [overwhelmingly] successful in helping people …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 13 overwhelm — o|ver|whelm [ˌəuvəˈwelm US ˌouvər ] v [T usually passive] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(emotion)¦ 2¦(too much)¦ 3¦(surprise somebody)¦ 4¦(defeat somebody)¦ 5¦(water)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: whelm to turn over, cover up (13 19 centuries)] 1.) ¦(EMOTION)¦… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 overwhelm — verb 1) advancing sand dunes could overwhelm the village Syn: swamp, submerge, engulf, bury, deluge, flood, inundate 2) Canada overwhelmed the U.S. in the hockey final Syn: defeat (utterly/heavily), trounce, rout, b …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 overwhelm — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from 1over + whelmen to turn over, cover up Date: 14th century 1. upset, overthrow 2. a. to cover over completely ; submerge b. to overcome by superior force or numbers c. to overpower in thought or… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 overwhelm — verb /ˌəʊvəˈwɛlm,ˌoʊvɚˈwɛlm/ a) To engulf, surge over and submerge The dinghy was overwhelmed by the great wave. b) To overpower, crush In December 1939 the Soviet Union attacked Finland with overwhelming force …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 overwhelm — Synonyms and related words: afflict, aggrieve, amaze, anguish, answer, answer conclusively, argue down, astonish, astound, awe, awestrike, baptize, be prodigal with, be strong, beat, beat down, bedaze, bedazzle, bend, bewilder, blank, board,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 overwhelm — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. overpower, crush, submerge, overcome. See destruction, confutation, water. Ant., underwhelm (inf.). II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To defeat] Syn. overcome, overthrow, conquer, destroy; see confute ,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 overwhelm — o|ver|whelm [ ,ouvər welm, ,ouvər hwelm ] verb transitive * 1. ) to affect someone s emotions in a very powerful way: We were overwhelmed by the sacrifices they had made. Her beauty completely overwhelmed him. a ) to surprise someone very much:… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 overwhelm — o·ver·whelm || əʊvÉ™r hwelm / əʊvÉ™ wel v. overpower, defeat; master; crush; stagger; stun, daze; flood, engulf …

    English contemporary dictionary


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