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English verb: overwhelm

1. overwhelm (emotion) overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli


Synonymsovercome, overpower, overtake, sweep over, whelm


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise


Narrower (hyponym)benight, clutch, devastate, get hold of, kill, knock out, lock, seize, stagger

2. overwhelm (communication) charge someone with too many tasks


Synonymsdeluge, flood out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody with something


Broader (hypernym)burden, charge, saddle

3. overwhelm (contact) cover completely or make imperceptible


SamplesI was drowned in work.
The noise drowned out her speech.


Synonymsdrown, submerge


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)cover, spread over

4. overwhelm (competition) overcome by superior force


ExamplesThe fighter managed to overwhelm his opponent


Synonymsovermaster, overpower


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish


Narrower (hyponym)steamroll, steamroller









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