overwhelm Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “overwhelm” in the English Dictionary

"overwhelm" in British English

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uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈwelm/  us   /ˌoʊ.vɚ-/

overwhelm verb (FORCE)

[T] to ​defeat someone or something by using a lot of ​force: Government ​troops have overwhelmed the ​rebels and ​seizedcontrol of the ​capital.

overwhelm verb (EMOTION)

C1 [T usually passive] to ​cause someone to ​feelsuddenstrongemotion: They were overwhelmed with/bygrief when ​theirbabydied. I was overwhelmed by all the ​flowers and ​letters of ​support I ​received.

overwhelm verb (WATER)

[T] literary If ​water overwhelms a ​place, it ​covers it ​suddenly and ​completely.
(Definition of overwhelm from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"overwhelm" in American English

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overwhelmverb [T]

 us   /ˌoʊ·vərˈhwelm, -ˈwelm/
to be too much to ​deal with: The ​number of ​refugees overwhelmed the ​reliefagencies in the ​area. To overwhelm is also to ​cause someone to ​feelsuddenstrongemotion: He was overwhelmed by ​feelings of ​remorse for what he had done.
(Definition of overwhelm from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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