1. overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

Similar word(s): overcome, overpower, overtake, whelm

Definition categories: emotion, arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise

2. charge someone with too many tasks

Similar word(s): deluge

Definition categories: communication, burden, charge, saddle

3. cover completely or make imperceptible

Similar word(s): drown, submerge

Definition categories: contact, cover

4. overcome by superior force

Similar word(s): overmaster, overpower

Definition categories: competition, beat, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish

Sentences with overwhelm as a verb:

- The dinghy was overwhelmed by the great wave.

- In December 1939 the Soviet Union attacked Finland with overwhelming force.

- He was overwhelmed with guilt.

- Joy overwhelmed her when she realized that she had won a million dollars.