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English definition of “overwhelming”

overwhelming

adjective     /ˌəʊ.vəˈwel.mɪŋ/ US  /ˌoʊ.vɚ-/
C1 difficult to fight against: She felt an overwhelming urge/desire/need to tell someone about what had happened.Physically strong and powerful C1 very great or very large: She said how much she appreciated the overwhelming generosity of the public in responding to the appeal. An overwhelming majority have voted in favour of the proposal.EnormousBig and quite big
(Definition of overwhelming adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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