overwhelm - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
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.

    1. a.
      to surprise someone very much

      We were overwhelmed by the result.

  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.