overwhelm (verb) past tense: overwhelmed LISTEN
Overwhelm means’ to overpower in mind or feeling.’
- Fred was overwhelmed with tears as he spoke of his late mother.
- When the audience cheered, the singer was overwhelmed with joy.
Overwhelm can also mean ‘to defeat with great power.’
- The opposing team overwhelmed them with their strong offense.
Overwhelm also means ‘to burden excessively.’
- Ellen was overwhelmed with English homework.
overwhelming: very powerful. Example: “Rod’s overwhelming feeling of guilt prevented him from sleeping.”
In pop culture
Listen to Robert Palmer sing “You Overwhelm Me.”