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Synonyms for overwhelm
ˌoʊ vərˈʰwɛlm, -ˈwɛlmover·whelm

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. overwhelm

    Hide is the general term, including all the rest, signifying to put out of sight or beyond ready observation or approach; a thing may be hidden by intention, by accident, or by the imperfection of the faculties of the one from whom it is hidden; in their games, children hide the slipper, or hide themselves from each other; a man unconsciously hides a picture from another by standing before it, or hides a thing from himself by laying something else over it. Even an unconscious object may hide another; as, a cloud hides the sun, or a building hides some part of the prospect by intervening between it and the observer's position. As an act of persons, to conceal is always intentional; one may hide his face in anger, grief, or abstraction; he conceals his face when he fears recognition. A house is hidden by foliage; the bird's nest is artfully concealed. Secrete is a stronger word than conceal, and is used chiefly of such material objects as may be separated from the person, or from their ordinary surroundings, and put in unlooked-for places; a man conceals a scar on his face, but does not secrete it; a thief secretes stolen goods; an officer may also be said to secrete himself to watch the thief. A thing is covered by putting something over or around it, whether by accident or design; it is screened by putting something before it, always with some purpose of protection from observation, inconvenience, attack, censure, etc. In the figurative use, a person may hide honorable feelings; he conceals an evil or hostile intent. Anything which is effectually covered and hidden under any mass or accumulation is buried. Money is buried in the ground; a body is buried in the sea; a paper is buried under other documents. Whatever is buried is hidden or concealed; but there are many ways of hiding or concealing a thing without burying it. So a person may be covered with wraps, and not buried under them. Bury may be used of any object, entomb and inter only of a dead body. Figuratively, one may be said to be buried in business, in study, etc. Compare IMMERSE; PALLIATE.

    Synonyms:
    bury, cloak, conceal, cover, disguise, dissemble, entomb, hide, inter, mask, screen, secrete, suppress, veil

    Antonyms:
    admit, advertise, avow, betray, confess, disclose, discover, disinter, divulge, exhibit, exhume, expose, lay bare, lay open, make known, reveal, manifest, promulgate, publish, raise, show, tell, uncover, unmask, unveil

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. overwhelm

    Synonyms:
    crush, quell, extinguish, drown, subdue, swamp

    Antonyms:
    raise, reinvigorate, reinstate, re-establish, rescue, extricate

Princeton's WordNet

  1. overwhelm, overpower, sweep over, whelm, overcome, overtakeverb

    overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

    Synonyms:
    surmount, catch up with, submerge, deluge, overmaster, overhaul, drown, overcome, get the best, catch, overpower, whelm, defeat, pass, get the better of, master, flood out, sweep over, have the best, overtake, get over, subdue

  2. overwhelm, deluge, flood outverb

    charge someone with too many tasks

    Synonyms:
    overcome, drown, flood out, overpower, swamp, inundate, deluge, sweep over, overmaster, whelm, flood, overtake, submerge

  3. submerge, drown, overwhelmverb

    cover completely or make imperceptible

    "I was drowned in work"; "The noise drowned out her speech"

    Synonyms:
    sweep over, overcome, flood out, submerge, overtake, inundate, deluge, overpower, overmaster, whelm, swim, drown, submerse

  4. overpower, overmaster, overwhelmverb

    overcome by superior force

    Synonyms:
    overcome, drown, flood out, overpower, deluge, sweep over, overmaster, whelm, overtake, submerge

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Editors Contribution

  1. bum rush

    to push into with force and determination. to go straight into a place with strength and numbers, through any obstacles. to go in hard.

    yo, bum rush the show.

    Submitted by empirekh on March 27, 2021  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. overwhelmverb

    Synonyms:
    overflow, spread over and cover

  2. overwhelmverb

    Synonyms:
    subdue, vanquish, conquer, defeat, overpower, OVERTHROW

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. overwhelmverb

    Synonyms:
    overflow, submerge, ingulf, drown, overpower, crush

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "overwhelm":

    saturate, submerge, crush, annihilate

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#1049screen
#1314master
#1493pass
#2880hide
#3635catch
#4501inter
#4817flood
#5519mask
#6845swim
#7548overcome
#8135defeat
#12398crush
#13987bury
#15092swamp
#16683suppress
#17738veil
#19455overhaul
#21091disguise
#21182cloak
#24176drown
#24594conceal
#39035overwhelm
#39579overtake
#42724deluge
#45925extinguish
#53900quell
#54755subdue
#61300secrete
#64599saturate
#66079annihilate
#71168overpower
#75978submerge
#100697surmount
#144060inundate
#181493dissemble

How to use overwhelm in a sentence?

  1. Board Member Lawson-Muhammad:

    I had an irrational response to being stopped for a traffic violation. I allowed my emotions to overwhelm me that morning, and I fell short of the standards to which I hold Board Member Lawson-Muhammad.

  2. Matt Lloyd:

    Everybody knows they're going to raise rates and the waiting is often worse than the punishment, if you don't have a lot of depth in buying, any selling pressure will overwhelm the market and move it down.

  3. Roger Quarles Mills:

    Prohibition was introduced as a fraud; it has been nursed as a fraud. It is wrapped in the livery of Heaven, but it comes to serve the devil. It comes to regulate by law our appetites and our daily lives. It comes to tear down liberty and build up fanaticism, hypocrisy, and intolerance. It comes to confiscate by legislative decree the property of many of our fellow citizens. It comes to send spies, detectives, and informers into our homes; to have us arrested and carried before courts and condemned to fines and imprisonments. It comes to dissipate the sunlight of happiness, peace, and prosperity in which we are now living and to fill our land with alienations, estrangements, and bitterness. It comes to bring us evil - only evil - and that continually. Let us rise in our might as one and overwhelm it with such indignation that we shall never hear of it again as long as grass grows and water runs.

  4. Robert Broeksmit:

    The cash demand from what could be a large spike in missed payments would overwhelm the sector.

  5. Kizza Besigye:

    This is nothing new, we are in this to overwhelm the unfreeness and the unfairness ... We'll just continue fighting.


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