v. defeat; cover completely or make imperceptible; overcome by superior force ; charge someone with too many tasks
Still, he was sufficiently touched by his aunt's grief too long to rush out from under the bed and overwhelm her with joy--and the theatrical gorgeousness of the thing appealed strongly to his nature, too, but he resisted and lay still.
Sentence in Classic:
You must not think anymore about the hard things I said in my first moment of consternation, when I thought everything was going to overwhelm me.
A Doll's House By Henrik Ibsen Context
More than anything she feared lest the confusion she felt might overwhelm her and betray her as soon as she saw him.
War and Peace(V4) By Leo Tolstoy Context
After the encounter at Vyazma, where Kutuzov had been unable to hold back his troops in their anxiety to overwhelm and cut off the enemy and so on, the farther movement of the fleeing French, and of the Russians who pursued them, continued as far as Krasnoe without a battle.
War and Peace(V5) By Leo Tolstoy Context
But I scarcely observed this; rage and hatred had at first deprived me of utterance, and I recovered only to overwhelm him with words expressive of furious detestation and contempt.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley Context
History neglects nearly all these particulars, and cannot do otherwise; the infinity would overwhelm it.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor Hugo Context
Rouse thy winds to fury, and overwhelm their sinking vessels, or drive them asunder and strew ocean with their bodies.