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Definition 1: charge someone with too many tasks - [verb of communication]

Synonyms for overwhelm in the sense of this definition

(overwhelm is a kind of ...) impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to

"He charged her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend"

Definition 2: overcome by superior force - [verb of competition]

Synonyms for overwhelm in the sense of this definition

(overwhelm is a kind of ...) come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

"Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship" "We beat the competition" "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"

(... is a kind of overwhelm ) overwhelm by using great force

"steamroller the opposition"

Definition 3: cover completely or make imperceptible - [verb of contact]

Samples where overwhelm or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I was drowned in work
  • The noise drowned out her speech

Synonyms for overwhelm in the sense of this definition

(overwhelm is a kind of ...) form a cover over

"The grass covered the grave"

Definition 4: overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli - [verb of emotion]

Synonyms for overwhelm in the sense of this definition

(overwhelm is a kind of ...) call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

"arouse pity" "raise a smile" "evoke sympathy"

(... is a kind of overwhelm ) overwhelm or overpower

"He was devastated by his grief when his son died"

(... is a kind of overwhelm ) affect

"Fear seized the prisoners" "The patient was seized with unbearable pains" "He was seized with a dreadful disease"

(... is a kind of overwhelm ) overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration

"The comedian was so funny, he was killing me!"

(... is a kind of overwhelm ) overtake with darkness or night

(... is a kind of overwhelm ) overwhelm with admiration

"All the guys were knocked out by her charm"

(... is a kind of overwhelm ) astound or overwhelm, as with shock

"She was staggered with bills after she tried to rebuild her house following the earthquake"

(... is a kind of overwhelm ) hold fast (in a certain state)

"He was locked in a laughing fit"

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