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UK [ˌəʊvə(r)ˈwelm] / US [ˌoʊvərˈwelm] / US [ˌoʊvərˈhwelm] verb [transitive]
Word forms "overwhelm":
present tense I/you/we/they overwhelm he/she/it overwhelms present participle overwhelming past tense overwhelmed past participle overwhelmed
a) to affect someone's emotions in a very powerful way

We were overwhelmed by the sacrifices they had made.

Her beauty completely overwhelmed him.

b) to surprise someone very much

We were overwhelmed by the result.

2) [usually passive] to exist in such great amounts that someone or something cannot deal with them

She was overwhelmed by expenses.

In June the town is overwhelmed by tourists.

a) formal to defeat an opponent in a sport or game, especially by a lot of points, goals etc

Europe's golfers completely overwhelmed the Americans.

b) to defeat an enemy in a battle

Government troops have overwhelmed a rebel encampment.

English dictionary. 2014.

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