adjective Date: 1720 1. forming an arch overhead 2. dominating or embracing all else <
overarching goals

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  • overarching — [ō΄vər ärch′iŋ] adj. 1. forming an arch above or overhead 2. encompassing or linking all that is within its scope, range, etc. [an overarching theory, theme, etc.] …   English World dictionary

  • overarching — o ver*arch ing, a. 1. Forming an arch (over something). [PJC] 2. Dominating or overshadowing all other considerations. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • overarching — (adj.) 1720, from overarch (1660s), from OVER (Cf. over) + ARCH (Cf. arch) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • overarching — adjective 1. : forming an arch overhead the overarching sky 2. : subordinating or encompassing all else : all important, dominant the relation of man s freedom to God s overarching power Liston Pope the overarching thesis of this book …   Useful english dictionary

  • overarching — [[t]o͟ʊvərɑ͟ː(r)tʃɪŋ[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n You use overarching to indicate that you are talking about something that includes or affects everything or everyone. [FORMAL] The overarching question seems to be what happens when the US pulls out?... Home… …   English dictionary

  • overarching — /oh veuhr ahr ching/, adj. 1. forming an arch above: great trees with overarching branches. 2. encompassing or overshadowing everything: The community s overarching needs are more jobs and better housing. [1710 20; OVERARCH + ING2] * * * …   Universalium

  • overarching — adjective 1 including or influencing every part of something: The project s overarching aim is the improvement of education. 2 forming a curved shape over something: the overarching sky …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • overarching — adjective a) That forms an overhead arch The work attains narrative continuity, variety in its stories, and unity through the overarching idea of metamorphosis b) all embracing or overwhelming …   Wiktionary

  • overarching — adj. Overarching is used with these nouns: ↑theme …   Collocations dictionary

  • overarching — o|ver|arch|ing [ˌəuvərˈa:tʃıŋ US ˌouvərˈa:r ] adj [only before noun] including or influencing every part of something ▪ The crisis gave an overarching justification to the government s policy …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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