Synonyms of overwhelm in English:


See definition of overwhelm


1‘advancing sand dunes could overwhelm built-up areas’


swamp, submerge, engulf, bury, deluge, flood, inundate

clog, saturate, glut, overload, beset, overburden, snow under

2‘Spain overwhelmed Russia in the hockey’


defeat, defeat easily, defeat heavily, defeat utterly, trounce, rout, beat, beat hollow, conquer, vanquish, be victorious over, gain a victory over, prevail over, get the better of, triumph over

best, worst, gain mastery over, master, overpower, overcome, overthrow, subdue, suppress, subjugate, repress, quell, quash, crush, finish, bring someone to their knees, break

informal thrash, lick, clobber, whip, wipe the floor with, drub, tank, blow out of the water

US informal own

3‘she was overwhelmed by a sense of tragedy’


overcome, move, stir, affect, touch, impress, sweep someone off their feet, strike, stun, make emotional, dumbfound, shake, disturb, devastate, take aback, daze, spellbind, dazzle, floor, leave speechless, take someone's breath away, stagger

informal bowl over, blow away, hit for six, knock for six, knock sideways, blow someone's mind, get to