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OVERWHELM', verb transitive

1. To overspread or crush beneath something violent and weighty, that covers or encompasses the whole; as, to overwhelm with waves.

2. To immerse and bear down; in a figurative sense; as, to be overwhelmed with cares, afflictions or business.

3. To overlook gloomily.

4. To put over. [Not used.]

O'VERWHELM, noun The act of overwhelming.