Definition of overwhelming in US English:

overwhelming

adjective

  • 1Very great in amount.

    ‘he was elected president by an overwhelming majority’
    • ‘Second, the government must unite behind this policy, which is supported by the overwhelming majority of the nation.’
    • ‘The overwhelming majority of voters supported their calls for reform and the end of scandalous political behavior.’
    • ‘The overwhelming majority of people in Ireland fully support this process.’
    • ‘The support and security systems of the welfare state included the overwhelming majority of the citizens.’
    • ‘If not properly maintained, water may develop excess nutrients, creating an overwhelming amount of algae, sludge, foul odors and a poor impression.’
    • ‘But in reality there's an overwhelming amount of evidence that proves otherwise.’
    • ‘Due to the overwhelming amount of strategic and tactical ideas in chess, students of the game buy dozens of chess books but still find it impossible to isolate the key points.’
    • ‘There is overwhelming evidence supporting the Bubble thesis.’
    • ‘I have an overwhelming amount of useless trivia stored in my head… Which explains how I can remember so many movies quotes and such.’
    • ‘She also wants to use the opportunity to pay tribute to the people in Swindon who have shown her family an overwhelming amount of support since his death.’
    • ‘One recent poll suggests an overwhelming majority of the public supports the ban, but congressional leaders say they have no plan to bring it up for renewal.’
    • ‘Due to the overwhelming amount of attention her parents, and countless others, still paid her, she didn't really value this highly.’
    • ‘He is getting an overwhelming amount of money by way of the pension; furthermore, this pension is tax free for this financial year.’
    • ‘In the past few weeks there has been an overwhelming amount of information and, in turn, misinformation clouding the headlines.’
    • ‘They must overcome this conditioning in the face of the overwhelming evidence now supporting their use, write two American cardiologists.’
    • ‘It commands an overwhelming majority of support in the media, the arts, the universities and the public service.’
    • ‘There's enormous and overwhelming support for her at this time.’
    • ‘A superintendent told the court that no body or weapon had been found, but that there was an overwhelming amount of circumstantial evidence.’
    • ‘Polls indicate an overwhelming majority of Americans support it.’
    • ‘That makes for an overwhelming amount of sleep deprivation!’
    very large, profuse, enormous, immense, inordinate, massive, huge, formidable, stupendous, prodigious, fantastic, staggering, shattering, devastating, sweeping
    very strong, forceful, profound, uncontrollable, irrepressible, irresistible, unbearable, overpowering, oppressive, unutterable, compelling, irrefutable
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    1. 1.1 (especially of an emotion) very strong.
      ‘an overwhelming feeling of gratitude’
      • ‘An unpleasant emotional and physical state of overwhelming apprehension and fear. anxiety disorders.’
      • ‘I stood motionless and my tears started flow, because I felt no fear at all, just an overwhelming feeling of disbelief, and then admiration and love.’
      • ‘These are the things I remember, the times of overwhelming emotion.’
      • ‘The strings arrangement gives me a feeling of overwhelming grief, tempered with dignity.’
      • ‘They reveal that grief, fear and shock were often the overwhelming emotions.’
      • ‘Maggie, who had been feeling an emotion of overwhelming wonder, now felt panic rise in her throat because of the man was coming into the building.’
      • ‘Maybe the water could help wash away the overwhelming emotions she was feeling and help her think clearly.’
      • ‘Feelings of overwhelming sadness or fear, or the inability to feel emotion are common in such people.’
      • ‘An overwhelming sadness began to grip her heart.’
      • ‘He doodled mindlessly, trying to get a grasp on the overwhelming emotions he was feeling.’
      • ‘Brigg's voice began to crack with emotions, mixed feelings of lingering sorrow and overwhelming anger and confusion.’
      • ‘The emotion he felt as he watched the game was of overwhelming relief.’
      • ‘Even though I've been looking after the house, our daughter and a few chores, the last week gripped me with an overwhelming feeling of uselessness.’
      • ‘His hidden eyes bored into the young man's head and that overwhelming terror gripped him again.’
      • ‘Rumi practiced sama by dancing spontaneously, whirling and spinning to express his overwhelming love for God and his intense desire to merge with God.’
      • ‘My overwhelming emotion was nostalgia, oddly enough; nostalgia for the peculiar cultural nexus that this movie represented.’
      • ‘Along with their overwhelming fear comes a very strong and rigid denial system that is hard to break down.’
      • ‘But that fear was drowned out by the overwhelming emotions that filled her: awe and wonder, expectation and joy.’
      • ‘Sit in breathless anticipation, gripped by its overwhelming excitement.’
      • ‘But his overwhelming emotion was relief rather than disappointment.’

Pronunciation

overwhelming

/ˌōvərˈ(h)welmiNG//ˌoʊvərˈ(h)wɛlmɪŋ/