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1. overwhelm

verb. ['ˌoʊvɝˈwɛlm, ˌoʊvɝˈhwɛlm'] charge someone with too many tasks.

Synonyms

  • burden
  • saddle
  • charge
  • deluge

Antonyms

  • hire
  • extinguish
  • unclasp
  • give

Etymology

  • over- (English)
  • over- (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • whelm (English)
  • whelmen (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Words that Rhyme with Overwhelm

  • underwhelm
  • realm
  • kelm
  • hjelm
  • helme
  • bellm

Example sentences of the word overwhelm


1. Adverb
They’re straightforward, unfussy, and won’t overwhelm your design.

2. Verb, base form
And since it's clear, you don't have to worry that it will overwhelm the room.

Quotes containing the word overwhelm


1. Challenge is the pathway to engagement and progress in our lives. But not all challenges are created equal. Some challenges make us feel alive, engaged, connected, and fulfilled. Others simply overwhelm us. Knowing the difference as you set bigger and bolder challenges for yourself is critical to your sanity, success, and satisfaction.
- Brendon Burchard

2. Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
- Desmond Tutu

3. I believe that words are strong, that they can overwhelm what we fear when fear seems more awful than life is good.
- Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

2. overwhelm

verb. ['ˌoʊvɝˈwɛlm, ˌoʊvɝˈhwɛlm'] overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli.

Synonyms

  • kindle
  • seize
  • knock out
  • stagger
  • provoke
  • benight
  • get hold of
  • devastate
  • elicit
  • sweep over
  • enkindle
  • overcome
  • whelm
  • arouse
  • evoke
  • clutch
  • raise
  • lock
  • kill
  • overtake
  • overpower

Antonyms

  • anesthetize
  • cause to sleep
  • wake
  • fall asleep

Etymology

  • over- (English)
  • over- (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • whelm (English)
  • whelmen (Middle English (1100-1500))

3. overwhelm

verb. ['ˌoʊvɝˈwɛlm, ˌoʊvɝˈhwɛlm'] cover completely or make imperceptible.

Synonyms

  • drown
  • submerge
  • spread over

Antonyms

  • bless
  • deaden
  • sedate
  • de-energise

Etymology

  • over- (English)
  • over- (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • whelm (English)
  • whelmen (Middle English (1100-1500))

4. overwhelm

verb. ['ˌoʊvɝˈwɛlm, ˌoʊvɝˈhwɛlm'] overcome by superior force.

Synonyms

  • vanquish
  • beat
  • trounce
  • beat out
  • steamroller
  • crush
  • shell
  • steamroll
  • overpower

Antonyms

  • ride
  • disarrange
  • brighten
  • succumb

Etymology

  • over- (English)
  • over- (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • whelm (English)
  • whelmen (Middle English (1100-1500))
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