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o·ver·whelm

 (ō′vər-wĕlm′, -hwĕlm′)
tr.v. o·ver·whelmed, o·ver·whelm·ing, o·ver·whelms
1. To surge over and submerge; engulf: waves overwhelming the rocky shoreline.
2.
a. To defeat completely and decisively: Our team overwhelmed the visitors by 40 points.
b. To affect deeply in mind or emotion: Despair overwhelmed me.
3. To present with an excessive amount: They overwhelmed us with expensive gifts.
4. To turn over; upset: The small craft was overwhelmed by the enormous waves.

overwhelm

(ˌəʊvəˈwɛlm)
vb (tr)
1. to overpower the thoughts, emotions, or senses of
2. to overcome with irresistible force
3. to overcome, as with a profusion or concentration of something
4. to cover over or bury completely
5. to weigh or rest upon overpoweringly
6. archaic to overturn

o•ver•whelm

(ˌoʊ vərˈʰwɛlm, -ˈwɛlm)

v.t.
1. to overpower in mind or feeling: overwhelmed by remorse.
2. to overpower with superior force or numbers.
3. to cover or bury beneath a mass of something.
4. to burden excessively.
[1300–50; Middle English]

overwhelm


Past participle: overwhelmed
Gerund: overwhelming

Imperative
overwhelm
overwhelm
Present
I overwhelm
you overwhelm
he/she/it overwhelms
we overwhelm
you overwhelm
they overwhelm
Preterite
I overwhelmed
you overwhelmed
he/she/it overwhelmed
we overwhelmed
you overwhelmed
they overwhelmed
Present Continuous
I am overwhelming
you are overwhelming
he/she/it is overwhelming
we are overwhelming
you are overwhelming
they are overwhelming
Present Perfect
I have overwhelmed
you have overwhelmed
he/she/it has overwhelmed
we have overwhelmed
you have overwhelmed
they have overwhelmed
Past Continuous
I was overwhelming
you were overwhelming
he/she/it was overwhelming
we were overwhelming
you were overwhelming
they were overwhelming
Past Perfect
I had overwhelmed
you had overwhelmed
he/she/it had overwhelmed
we had overwhelmed
you had overwhelmed
they had overwhelmed
Future
I will overwhelm
you will overwhelm
he/she/it will overwhelm
we will overwhelm
you will overwhelm
they will overwhelm
Future Perfect
I will have overwhelmed
you will have overwhelmed
he/she/it will have overwhelmed
we will have overwhelmed
you will have overwhelmed
they will have overwhelmed
Future Continuous
I will be overwhelming
you will be overwhelming
he/she/it will be overwhelming
we will be overwhelming
you will be overwhelming
they will be overwhelming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been overwhelming
you have been overwhelming
he/she/it has been overwhelming
we have been overwhelming
you have been overwhelming
they have been overwhelming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been overwhelming
you will have been overwhelming
he/she/it will have been overwhelming
we will have been overwhelming
you will have been overwhelming
they will have been overwhelming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been overwhelming
you had been overwhelming
he/she/it had been overwhelming
we had been overwhelming
you had been overwhelming
they had been overwhelming
Conditional
I would overwhelm
you would overwhelm
he/she/it would overwhelm
we would overwhelm
you would overwhelm
they would overwhelm
Past Conditional
I would have overwhelmed
you would have overwhelmed
he/she/it would have overwhelmed
we would have overwhelmed
you would have overwhelmed
they would have overwhelmed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.overwhelm - overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
devastate - overwhelm or overpower; "He was devastated by his grief when his son died"
clutch, get hold of, seize - affect; "Fear seized the prisoners"; "The patient was seized with unbearable pains"; "He was seized with a dreadful disease"
arouse, elicit, evoke, provoke, enkindle, kindle, fire, raise - call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"
kill - overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration; "The comedian was so funny, he was killing me!"
benight - overtake with darkness or night
knock out - overwhelm with admiration; "All the guys were knocked out by her charm"
stagger - astound or overwhelm, as with shock; "She was staggered with bills after she tried to rebuild her house following the earthquake"
lock - hold fast (in a certain state); "He was locked in a laughing fit"
2.overwhelm - charge someone with too many tasks
burden, saddle, charge - impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to; "He charged her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend"
3.overwhelm - cover completely or make imperceptible; "I was drowned in work"; "The noise drowned out her speech"
spread over, cover - form a cover over; "The grass covered the grave"
4.overwhelm - overcome by superior force
beat, beat out, vanquish, trounce, crush, shell - come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"
steamroll, steamroller - overwhelm by using great force; "steamroller the opposition"

overwhelm

verb
1. overcome, overpower, devastate, stagger, get the better of, bowl over (informal), prostrate, knock (someone) for six (informal), render speechless, render incapable, render powerless, render helpless, sweep (someone) off his or her feet, take (someone's) breath away He was overwhelmed by a longing for times past.
2. destroy, beat, defeat, overcome, smash, crush, massacre, conquer, wipe out, overthrow, knock out, lick (informal), subdue, rout, eradicate, overpower, quell, annihilate, put paid to, vanquish, subjugate, immobilize, make mincemeat of (informal), cut to pieces One massive Allied offensive would overwhelm the weakened enemy.
3. swamp, bury, flood, crush, engulf, submerge, beset, inundate, deluge, snow under The small Pacific island could be overwhelmed by rising sea levels.

overwhelm

verb
1. To flow over completely:
2. To render totally ineffective by decisive defeat:
Informal: massacre, wallop.
3. To affect deeply or completely, as with emotion:
4. To impair severely something such as the spirit, health, or effectiveness of:
5. To affect as if by an outpouring of water:
Translations
يَغْمُر
agobiaratabalar
uchvátit
overvælde
yfiròyrma
pārņemtsatriekt
przywalić
zavaliť
preplaviti
överväldiga
başından aşmakhakkından gelmekyenmek

overwhelm

[ˌəʊvəˈwelm] VT
1. (= defeat) [+ opponent, team] → arrollar, aplastar
2. (= overcome) [difficulties, fear, loneliness] → abrumar
sorrow overwhelmed himestaba abrumado por el dolor
try not to let panic overwhelm youintenta que el pánico no se apodere de ti
I felt overwhelmed by events/herme sentía abrumado por los acontecimientos/por ella
he was overwhelmed by their kindnesssu amabilidad le dejó abrumado or le conmovió profundamente
she was overwhelmed with griefestaba sumida en la tristeza
she was overwhelmed with joyrebosaba de alegría
3. (= inundate, overload) (with work) → abrumar, agobiar; (with questions, requests, information) → atosigar
you shouldn't overwhelm the customer with too much informationno deberías atosigar al cliente con demasiada información
we have been overwhelmed with offers of helpnos han inundado las ofertas de ayuda

overwhelm

[ˌəʊvərˈhwɛlm] vt
[need, feeling] → submerger
The horror of it all had overwhelmed me → L'horreur de tout cela m'avait submergé.
[+ enemy] → écraser

overwhelm

vt
(= overpower: strong feelings) → überwältigen; he was overwhelmed when they gave him the presenter war zutiefst gerührt, als sie ihm das Geschenk gaben; Venice overwhelmed meich fand Venedig überwältigend; to be overwhelmed with joy/griefvon Freude/Trauer überwältigt sein; you overwhelm me! (iro)da bin ich aber sprachlos!
(= ruin, crush) enemyüberwältigen; countrybesiegen; (Sport) defenceüberrennen
(= submerge) (water)überschwemmen, überfluten; (earth, lava)verschütten, begraben
(fig) (with favours, praise) → überschütten, überhäufen; (with questions) → bestürmen; (with work) → überhäufen

overwhelm

[ˌəʊvəˈwɛlm] vt (opponent, team) → schiacciare; (with questions, requests, work) → sommergere
sorrow overwhelmed him → il dolore lo sopraffece
overwhelmed by her kindness → confuso dalla sua gentilezza
to be overwhelmed (touched, impressed) → rimanere colpito/a
we have been overwhelmed with offers of help → siamo stati sommersi da offerte di aiuto

overwhelm

(əuvəˈwelm) verb
to defeat or overcome. He was overwhelmed with work/grief.
ˌoverˈwhelming adjective
very great. an overwhelming victory.

overwhelm

v. abrumar; colmar.

overwhelm

vt agobiar
References in classic literature ?
For a time it seemed as if the bats would fairly overwhelm the camp, so many of them were there.
Since those days, no doubt, it had grown to be suspected that, in consequence of an unfortunate overdoing of a work praiseworthy in itself, the proceedings against the witches had proved far less acceptable to the Beneficent Father than to that very Arch Enemy whom they were intended to distress and utterly overwhelm.
Still, he was sufficiently touched by his aunt's grief to long to rush out from under the bed and overwhelm her with joy -- and the theatrical gorgeousness of the thing appealed strongly to his nature, too, but he re- sisted and lay still.
A more reassuring introduction for a new governess could scarcely be conceived; there was no grandeur to overwhelm, no stateliness to embarrass; and then, as I entered, the old lady got up and promptly and kindly came forward to meet me.
The statement of this plain fact appeared to overwhelm Mr.
And wreaths of dust were spinning round and round before the morning blast, as if the desert-sand had risen far away, and the first spray of it in its advance had begun to overwhelm the city.
The ape, however, proved no easy victim to the superior numbers that seemed fated to overwhelm him.
And here the whole thing seemed to overwhelm me in a rush.
And when one is slapped in the face--why then the consciousness of being rubbed into a pulp would positively overwhelm one.
Do not overwhelm me with happiness," cried D'Artagnan, throwing himself on his knees, and covering with kisses the hands abandoned to him.
What men call the chances of fate -- namely, ruin, change, circumstances -- I have fully anticipated, and if any of these should overtake me, yet it will not overwhelm me.
And yet he should be always ready to have a perfectly terrible scene, whenever we want one, and to become miserable, absolutely miserable, at a moment's notice, and to overwhelm us with just reproaches in less than twenty minutes, and to be positively violent at the end of half an hour, and to leave us for ever at a quarter to eight, when we have to go and dress for dinner.