To overwhelm someone is to overwhelm them with something. This could be something physical, like a crowd, or it could be something emotional, like sadness.

  • The noise of the crowd was overwhelming, and it was hard to hear what the speaker was saying.

  • The news report was so sad that it overwhelmed her.

Definition of overwhelm


charge someone with too many tasks


deluge, flood out


cover completely or make imperceptible


drown, submerge


overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli


overcome, overpower, overtake, sweep over, whelm


overcome by superior force


overmaster, overpower

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Example Sentences for overwhelm

  • 1

    That was the overwhelming vibe.

  • 2

    But the overwhelming feeling is of sorrow.

  • 3

    I was overwhelmed by immensity of this.

  • 4

    The denseness of the material was overwhelming.

  • 5

    The endorsements to the response are overwhelming.

  • 6

    The preponderance of the evidence is overwhelming.

  • 7

    The response to the campaign was overwhelming.

  • 8

    The stench of hypocrisy is overwhelming.

  • 9

    The stridency of the debunkers is overwhelming.

  • 10

    The title is overwhelming the article.