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overwhelm

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When one subtracts from life infancy (which is vegetation), sleep, eating and swilling, buttoning and unbuttoning—how much remains of downright existence? The summer of a dormouse.
Lord Byron
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English

Etymology

From over + Middle English whelmen (whelm)

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Verb

Infinitive
to overwhelm

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to overwhelm (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To engulf, surge-over and submerge
    The dinghy was overwhelmed by the great wave.
  2. To overpower emotionally
    He was overwhelmed with guilt.
    Joy overwhelmed her when she realized that she had won a million dollars.

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