Meaning of “overwhelm” in the English Dictionary

"overwhelm" in British English

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

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overwhelmverb [ T ]

us /ˌoʊ·vərˈhwelm, -ˈwelm/

to be too much to deal with:

The number of refugees overwhelmed the relief agencies in the area.

To overwhelm is also to cause someone to feel sudden strong emotion:

He was overwhelmed by feelings of remorse for what he had done.

(Definition of “overwhelm” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)