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verb [transitive] overwhelm pronunciation in American English /ˌoʊvərˈwelm/ overwhelm pronunciation in American English /ˌoʊvərˈhwelm/ 
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he/she/itoverwhelms
present participleoverwhelming
past tenseoverwhelmed
past participleoverwhelmed
  1. 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.

  2. 2
    [usually passive] to exist in such great amounts that someone or something cannot deal with them

    She was overwhelmed by expenses.

    In June the town is overwhelmed by tourists.

  3. 3
    formal to defeat an opponent in a sport or game, especially by a lot of points, goals, etc.

    Europe's golfers completely overwhelmed the Americans.

    1. a.
      to defeat an enemy in a battle

      Government troops have overwhelmed a rebel encampment.

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