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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.

Synonyms:

submerse, overmaster, inter, conceal, waste, submerge, full, confuse, inundate, shellac, conquer, get the best, flush, sink, overcome, win, affect, get the better of, clobber, thrash, cloak, veil, catch, annihilate, hide, wallop, pass, swamp, swim, overflow, flood out, deluge, sweep over, defeat, drown, cover, vanquish, steamroller, master, whelm, help, ruin, smear, overthrow, confute, trounce, screen, massacre, subdue, mask, overtake, entomb, flood, smash, engulf, overhaul, confound, prostrate, catch up with, break, drub, secrete, overpower, bury, disguise, suppress, cream, crush, surmount, have the best, destroy, puzzle, dissemble, get over.

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