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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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