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

Nearby words

  1. overalls,
  2. overambitious,
  3. overanxious,
  4. overanxious disorder,
  5. overarch,
  6. overarm,
  7. overate,
  8. overattentive,
  9. overawe,
  10. overbalance

Origin of overarching

First recorded in 1710–20; overarch + -ing2



verb (used with object)

to span with or like an arch: A new bridge overarches the river.

verb (used without object)

to form an arch over something: a cerulean sky overarching in the early twilight.

Origin of overarch

First recorded in 1660–70; over- + arch1

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Examples from the Web for overarching

British Dictionary definitions for overarching



overall; all-encompassingan overarching concept



(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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