Meanwhile, liberals are asking what overwhelmed immigration officials are supposed to do now.
With this kind of volume, the machinery of deportation is overwhelmed at every stage, especially our immigration courts.
A woman who aims for a tone of quiet meditation as she goes through life would be overwhelmed.
early 14c., "to turn upside down, to overthrow," from over- + Middle English whelmen "to turn upside down" (see whelm). Meaning "to submerge completely" is mid-15c. Perhaps the connecting notion is a boat, etc., washed over, and overset, by a big wave. Figurative sense of "to bring to ruin" is attested from 1520s. Related: Overwhelmed; overwhelming; overwhelmingly.