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overwhelm

verb [T]  /ˌoʊ·vərˈhwelm, -ˈwelm/ us  
to be too much to deal with: The number of refugees overwhelmed the relief agencies in the area. To overwhelm is also to cause someone to feel sudden strong emotion: He was overwhelmed by feelings of remorse for what he had done.
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