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adjective     overwhelming pronunciation in American English
/ˌoʊvərˈwelmɪŋ/    overwhelming pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    much larger, stronger, more important, etc. than anything else in a situation
    overwhelming majority:

    An overwhelming majority voted against his proposal.

    overwhelming odds:

    The odds against them winning seemed overwhelming.

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  2. 2
    an overwhelming emotion is very strong, often so strong that you cannot think or behave normally

    I had the overwhelming desire to get up and leave.

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      used about things that make you feel very strong emotions

      I found their kindness overwhelming.


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