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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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overwhelmingadjective

 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.
overwhelmingly
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ˌoʊ·vərˈhwel·mɪŋ·li, -ˈwel-/
In April, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the bill.
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