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Meaning of OVERWHELM

Pronunciation:  `owvur'welm

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  charge someone with too many tasks
  2. [v]  overcome by superior force
  3. [v]  cover completely or make imperceptible; "I was drowned in work"; "The noise drowned out her speech"
  4. [v]  overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

OVERWHELM is a 9 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: deluge, drown, flood out, overcome, overmaster, overpower, overpower, overtake, submerge, sweep over, whelm
 See Also: arouse, beat, beat out, benight, burden, charge, clutch, cover, crush, devastate, drown out, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, get hold of, kill, kindle, knock out, lock, provoke, raise, saddle, seize, shell, spread over, stagger, steamroll, steamroller, trounce, vanquish



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \O`ver*whelm"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Overwhelmed}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Overwhelming}.]
    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 overpower; to crush; to bury; to
       oppress, etc., overpoweringly.
             The sea overwhelmed their enemies.    --Ps. lxxviii.
             Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and
             horror hath overwhelmed me.           --Ps. lv. 5.
             Foul deeds will rise, Though all the earth o'erwhelm
             them.                                 --Shak.
             Gaza yet stands; but all her sons are fallen, All in
             a moment overwhelmed and fallen.      --Milton.
    2. To project or impend over threateningly.
             His louering brows o'erwhelming his fair sight.
    3. To cause to surround, to cover. --Papin.
  2. \O"ver*whelm`\, n.
    The act of overwhelming. [R.]
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