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verb [transitive] overwhelm pronunciation in British English /ˌəʊvə(r)ˈwelm/
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present tense
present participleoverwhelming
past tenseoverwhelmed
past participleoverwhelmed
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  1. 1
    to affect someones emotions in a very powerful way
    We were overwhelmed by the sacrifices they had made.
    Her beauty completely overwhelmed him.
    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.
  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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