1. overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
2. charge someone with too many tasks
Similar word(s): deluge
3. cover completely or make imperceptible
4. overcome by superior force
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.