Meaning of “overwhelming” in the English Dictionary

"overwhelming" in English

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uk /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.

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 has voted in favour of the proposal.

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(Definition of “overwhelming” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"overwhelming" in American English

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us /ˌoʊ·vərˈhwel·mɪŋ, -ˈwel·mɪŋ/

very great or strong:

An overwhelming majority voted in favor of the proposal.
I felt an overwhelming sense of relief when the semester was over.
adverb [ not gradable ] us /ˌoʊ·vərˈhwel·mɪŋ·li, -ˈwel-/

In April, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the bill.

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Also, in my opinion, there must be overwhelming concern and action to preserve fishing stocks so that we have a sustainable fishing policy.
The case is therefore overwhelming.
The willingness to show solidarity in the distribution of resources is far from overwhelming, and citizens' support for accession has recently been on the wane.
The figures are overwhelming.
We have just adopted by an overwhelming majority the report on the proposal for a directive on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings, and protecting victims.
At the moment, the overwhelming majority of people are still somewhat reluctant to use mobile telephones when they are abroad due to the fear of the roaming bill.
The policy of redistribution, when taken to such extremes, has overwhelming repercussions for the economy, as it weighs down private initiative with the burden of obligatory deductions.
Particularly with regard to the horizontal approach to environmental law, it is important to note that we said 'yes' by an overwhelming majority before our accession.
We took a general vote and there was an overwhelming desire to make a special reference to the child in the context of the family.
We are therefore in favour of this tax, but when it is put to the vote tomorrow, an overwhelming vote is needed.