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Definition of whelm:

  1. Fig.: To cover completely, as if with water; to immerse; to overcome; as, to whelm one in sorrows.
  2. To cover with water or other fluid; to cover by immersion in something that envelops on all sides; to overwhelm; to ingulf.
  3. To throw ( something) over a thing so as to cover it.

Synonyms:

drown, pass, overmaster, submerge, master, overflow, get the better of, surmount, subdue, flush, overcome, get the best, overwhelm, inundate, catch, flood, flood out, sweep over, full, get over, deluge, catch up with, swamp, overpower, engulf, overtake, have the best, defeat, overhaul.

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