verb (used with object)
Examples from the Web for overwhelm
He used his strength to overwhelm defenders but he also had nifty footwork, soft hands, and was a beautiful passer.
Everywhere around you and inside you are possibilities you must always keep open, yet never let overwhelm you.Big Business Bullies Americans into the Machinery of Common Core|James Poulos|March 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Like all barbiturates, it can overwhelm alertness to the point of stopping the urge to breathe.
On the negative side, the sheer tonnage of opinions can overwhelm and cause a degree of amnesia.
You reach a point where your frustrations just overwhelm and things have to change.
It will overwhelm me as utterly as if this arch should crumble down upon our heads!The Marble Faun, Volume I.|Nathaniel Hawthorne
A lesser will or a lower grade of personality cannot overwhelm a greater one.The Leader|William Fitzgerald Jenkins (AKA Murray Leinster)
They overwhelm her with attentions and show great interest in her slightest word.Fromont and Risler, Complete|Alphonse Daudet
We were greeted from the Fort in the same way, and its inhabitants ran out to meet us and overwhelm us with congratulations.The Backwoodsman|Various
And yet the hierarchy managed to maintain its assumptions and to overwhelm all remedial attempts.Luther and the Reformation:|Joseph A. Seiss
British Dictionary definitions for overwhelm
Word Origin and History for overwhelm
early 14c., "to turn upside down, to overthrow," from over- + Middle English whelmen "to turn upside down" (see whelm). Meaning "to submerge completely" is mid-15c. Perhaps the connecting notion is a boat, etc., washed over, and overset, by a big wave. Figurative sense of "to bring to ruin" is attested from 1520s. Related: Overwhelmed; overwhelming; overwhelmingly.