overwhelming

  • 1 Overwhelming — O ver*whelm ing, a. Overpowering; irresistible. {O ver*whelm ing*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 2 overwhelming — index compelling, formidable, indomitable, ineffable, invincible, irresistible, lurid, moving (evoking emotion) …

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  • 3 overwhelming — [adj] overpowering amazing, astounding, breathtaking, crushing, devastating, exciting, eye opening, mind boggling, overcoming, paralyzing, shattering, staggering, stunning, vast; concept 42 …

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  • 4 overwhelming */ — UK [ˌəʊvə(r)ˈwelmɪŋ] / US [ˌoʊvərˈwelmɪŋ] / US [ˌoʊvərˈhwelmɪŋ] adjective 1) much larger, stronger, more important etc than anything else in a situation overwhelming majority: An overwhelming majority voted against his proposal. overwhelming odds …

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  • 5 overwhelming — o|ver|whelm|ing [ˌəuvəˈwelmıŋ US ˌouvər ] adj 1.) having such a great effect on you that you feel confused and do not know how to react ▪ an overwhelming sense of guilt ▪ She felt an overwhelming desire to hit him. ▪ She found the city quite… …

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  • 6 overwhelming — o|ver|whelm|ing [ ,ouvər welmıŋ, ,ouvər hwelmıŋ ] adjective * 1. ) much larger, stronger, more important, etc. than anything else in a situation: overwhelming majority: An overwhelming majority voted against his proposal. overwhelming odds: The… …

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  • 7 overwhelming — [[t]o͟ʊvə(r)(h)we̱lmɪŋ[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) ADJ GRADED If something is overwhelming, it affects you very strongly, and you do not know how to deal with it. The task won t feel so overwhelming if you break it down into small, easy to accomplish steps...… …

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  • 8 overwhelming*/ — [ˌəʊvəˈwelmɪŋ] adj 1) making you feel a very strong emotion that you cannot control I had the overwhelming desire to get up and leave.[/ex] 2) much larger or more important than anything else in a situation An overwhelming majority voted against… …

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  • 9 overwhelming — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem ▪ become ADVERB ▪ completely, quite ▪ almost …

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  • 10 overwhelming — adjective 1 having such a great effect on you that you feel confused and do not know how to react: The sheer size of the place will seem overwhelming and confusing at first. | overwhelming generosity 2 overwhelming numbers/majority/odds etc very… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 overwhelming — adjective Date: 1702 tending or serving to overwhelm < overwhelming force >; also extreme, great < overwhelming indifference > < an overwhelming majority > …

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  • 12 overwhelming — overwhelmingly, adv. overwhelmingness, n. /oh veuhr hwel ming, wel /, adj. 1. that overwhelms; overpowering: The temptation to despair may become overwhelming. 2. so great as to render resistance or opposition useless: an overwhelming majority.… …

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  • 13 overwhelming — adjective 1) an overwhelming number of players were unavailable Syn: very large, enormous, immense, inordinate, massive, huge 2) the overwhelming desire to laugh Syn: very strong, forceful, uncontrollable, irrepressible …

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  • 14 overwhelming — adjective 1) an overwhelming number of people Syn: very large, enormous, immense, inordinate, massive, huge 2) an overwhelming desire to laugh Syn: very strong, powerful, uncontrollable, irrepressible …

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  • 15 Overwhelming — Overwhelm O ver*whelm , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Overwhelmed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Overwhelming}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To cover over completely, as by a great wave; to overflow and bury beneath; to ingulf; hence, figuratively, to immerse and bear down; to …

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  • 16 overwhelming — /oʊvəˈwɛlmɪŋ/ (say ohvuh welming) adjective 1. that overwhelms. 2. so great as to render opposition useless: an overwhelming majority. –overwhelmingly, adverb …

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  • 17 overwhelming — overwhelm ► VERB 1) submerge beneath a huge mass. 2) defeat completely; overpower. 3) have a strong emotional effect on. DERIVATIVES overwhelming adjective. ORIGIN from archaic whelm engulf or submerge , from Old English …

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  • 18 overwhelming — 1. verb Present participle of to overwhelm. 2. adjective a) Overpowering, staggering, or irresistibly strong. b) Very gre …

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  • 19 overwhelming — Synonyms and related words: absolute, adducible, admissible, agitating, amazing, astonishing, astounding, attestative, attestive, authentic, awe inspiring, awesome, based on, bewildering, breathtaking, burdensome, certain, charged, circumstantial …

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  • 20 overwhelming — I (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [In the act of destroying] Syn. conquering, subjugating, defeating, subduing, overpowering, overthrowing, crushing, routing, ruining, smashing, wiping out, extinguishing, invading, occupying, ravaging, devastating,… …

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