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overwhelmingadjective

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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overwhelmingadjective

 us   /ˌoʊ·vərˈhwel·mɪŋ, -ˈwel·mɪŋ/
very ​great or ​strong: An overwhelming ​majorityvoted in ​favor of the ​proposal. I ​felt an overwhelming ​sense of ​relief when the ​semester was over.
overwhelmingly
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ˌoʊ·vərˈhwel·mɪŋ·li, -ˈwel-/
In ​April, the ​House of ​Representatives overwhelmingly ​passed the ​bill.
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