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OVERWHELM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does overwhelm mean? 

OVERWHELM (verb)
  The verb OVERWHELM has 4 senses:

1. overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
2. charge someone with too many tasks
3. cover completely or make imperceptible
4. overcome by superior force

  Familiarity information: OVERWHELM used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


OVERWHELM (verb)


Sense 1overwhelm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

overwhelm; sweep over; whelm; overpower; overcome; overtake

Hypernyms (to "overwhelm" is one way to...):

arouse; elicit; enkindle; evoke; fire; kindle; provoke; raise (call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "overwhelm"):

devastate (overwhelm or overpower)

clutch; get hold of; seize (affect)

kill (overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration)

benight (overtake with darkness or night)

knock out (overwhelm with admiration)

stagger (astound or overwhelm, as with shock)

lock (hold fast (in a certain state))

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody


Sense 2overwhelm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Charge someone with too many tasks

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

flood out; deluge; overwhelm

Hypernyms (to "overwhelm" is one way to...):

burden; charge; saddle (impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody with something


Sense 3overwhelm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cover completely or make imperceptible

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

drown; submerge; overwhelm

Context examples:

I was drowned in work / The noise drowned out her speech

Hypernyms (to "overwhelm" is one way to...):

cover; spread over (form a cover over)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4overwhelm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Overcome by superior force

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

overmaster; overpower; overwhelm

Hypernyms (to "overwhelm" is one way to...):

beat; beat out; crush; shell; trounce; vanquish (come out better in a competition, race, or conflict)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "overwhelm"):

steamroll; steamroller (overwhelm by using great force)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The fighter managed to overwhelm his opponent


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