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overarching

[oh-ver-ahr-ching] /ˌoʊ vərˈɑr tʃɪŋ/
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
1710-1720
1710-20; overarch + -ing2

overarch

[oh-ver-ahrch] /ˌoʊ vərˈɑrtʃ/
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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Examples from the web for overarching
  • There does not seem to be one overarching project or thesis to tie the program together.
  • Adding one more-even an overarching one-may do little good unless the whole regime is streamlined.
  • Further, any theft of seed by corporations is an overarching crime on all its fronts.
  • The overarching point is, as it almost always is these days, to honor diversity and unity all at once.
  • It's great that you're motivated by an overarching question.
  • Similarly, the sun's overarching field seems to be produced by internal motion of plasma.
  • Their objectivity is in question, given their overarching agenda.
  • But on a national scale, energy policy should be informed by overarching and enduring concerns.
  • Most avid sailors share one overarching goal: to skipper their own boat.
  • Sometimes number-crunching studies meant to be overarching are actually closely tied to event facts.
British Dictionary definitions for overarching

overarching

/ˌəʊvərˈɑːtʃɪŋ/
adjective
1.
overall; all-encompassing: an overarching concept

overarch

/ˌəʊvərˈɑːtʃ/
verb
1.
(transitive) to form an arch over
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Word Origin and History for overarching
adj.

1720, from present participle of verb overarch (1660s), from over- + arch (v.).

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