Definition of overwhelming in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈ(h)welmiNG/


1Very great in amount: he was elected president by an overwhelming majority
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  • She also wants to use the opportunity to pay tribute to the people in Swindon who have shown her family an overwhelming amount of support since his death.
  • Second, the government must unite behind this policy, which is supported by the overwhelming majority of the nation.
  • A superintendent told the court that no body or weapon had been found, but that there was an overwhelming amount of circumstantial evidence.
very large, enormous, immense, inordinate, massive, huge
very strong, forceful, uncontrollable, irrepressible, irresistible, overpowering, compelling
1.1(Especially of an emotion) very strong: an overwhelming feeling of gratitude
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  • Maggie, who had been feeling an emotion of overwhelming wonder, now felt panic rise in her throat because of the man was coming into the building.
  • But his overwhelming emotion was relief rather than disappointment.
  • Feelings of overwhelming sadness or fear, or the inability to feel emotion are common in such people.



Example sentences
  • Comments on the sheer fatigue and overwhelmingness of it all from Judith.
  • It captures the overwhelmingness, the exhaustion, the excitement, the isolation, the joy, the sense of being other than what you are.
  • The overwhelmingness of it all has kind of changed my mind back to having an abortion.

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Syllabification: o·ver·whelm·ing

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