over-arching

overarching

[oh-ver-ahr-ching]
adjective
1.
forming an arch above: great trees with overarching branches.
2.
encompassing or overshadowing everything: The community's overarching needs are more jobs and better housing.

Origin:
1710–20; overarch + -ing2

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overarch

[oh-ver-ahrch]
verb (used with object)
1.
to span with or like an arch: A new bridge overarches the river.
verb (used without object)
2.
to form an arch over something: a cerulean sky overarching in the early twilight.

Origin:
1660–70; over- + arch1

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overarch (ˌəʊvərˈɑːtʃ)
 
vb
(tr) to form an arch over

overarching (ˌəʊvərˈɑːtʃɪŋ)
 
adj
overall; all-encompassing: an overarching concept

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overarching
1720, from overarch (1660s), from over + arch.
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