Definition of overwhelm :
1. The act of overwhelming.
2. To cause to surround, to cover.
3. To cover over completely, as by a great wave; to overflow and bury beneath; to ingulf; hence, figuratively, to immerse and bear down; to overpower; to crush; to bury; to oppress, etc., overpoweringly.
4. To project or impend over threateningly.
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amaze (part of speech: verb)
overrun (part of speech: verb)
- We are but feeble beings cast into the midst of sovereign powers which overwhelm and bear us down. - "The Pros and Cons of Vivisection", Charles Richet Commentator: W. D. Halliburton.
- The morning came, noon, then a fall of snow and a keen wind, and despair in her heart; but she had passed the danger- spots, and now, if the storm did not overwhelm her, she might get to Askatoon in time. - "Northern Lights", Gilbert Parker.
- This elevation has enabled it to advance upon and overwhelm woods, which, upon a plain, would have checked its progress, and, in one instance, a forest of many hundred acres of tall pines was destroyed by the drifts between 1804 and 1827. Control of Dunes by Man. - "The Earth as Modified by Human Action", George P. Marsh.