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  1. forming an arch above: great trees with overarching branches.
  2. encompassing or overshadowing everything: The community's overarching needs are more jobs and better housing.
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Origin of overarching

First recorded in 1710–20; overarch + -ing2


verb (used with object)
  1. to span with or like an arch: A new bridge overarches the river.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to form an arch over something: a cerulean sky overarching in the early twilight.
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Origin of overarch

First recorded in 1660–70; over- + arch1
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Related Words for overarching

overall, throughout, underlying, including, ambient, enveloping, surrounding

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British Dictionary definitions for overarching


  1. overall; all-encompassingan overarching concept
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  1. (tr) to form an arch over
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Word Origin and History for overarching


1720, from present participle of verb overarch (1660s), from over- + arch (v.).

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