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clutch (arouse)

Definition:

to overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

Class:

emotion verb (feeling)

Past tense:

clutched

Present participle:

clutching

3rd-person singular present:

clutches

Type of:

arouse » make

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

"clutch (verb)": Old English clyccan "bring together, bend (the ... | "clutch...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

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Definition references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

sweep over [transitive] | swept over [past tense] | sweeping over [present participle] | sweeps over [3rd-person singular present]

to suddenly affect someone very strongly (6 of 56 words, 1 usage example)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/sweep-over

Collins Dictionary:

whelm | overwhelm [sense-specific]

to engulf entirely with or as if with water | another word for "overwhelm" (13 of 206 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/whelm

Wiktionary:

whelm | whelmed [past tense] | whelming [present participle] | whelms [3rd-person singular present]

To cover; to submerge; to engulf; to bury. | To overcome with emotion. | [obsolete] To throw (something) over a thing so as to cover it. (24 of 157 words, 3 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/whelm

Merriam-Webster:

whelm | overwhelm [synonym, sense-specific] | crush [synonym, sense-specific] | devastate [synonym, sense-specific] | floor [synonym, sense-specific] | grind [synonym, sense-specific] | oppress [synonym, sense-specific] | overcome [synonym, sense-specific] | overmaster [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to turn (as a dish or vessel) upside down usually to cover something; cover or engulf completely with usually disastrous effect | to overcome in ... (24 of 126 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/whelm

Oxford Dictionary:

whelm

[archaic] : | engulf, submerge, or bury | well up or flow | an act or instance of flowing or heaping up abundantly; a surge (22 of 72 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/whelm

American Heritage Dictionary:

whelm | whelmed [past tense] | whelming [present participle] | whelms [3rd-person singular present]

To cover with water; submerge. | To overwhelm. (7 of 40 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/whelm

New World Dictionary:

whelm

to submerge, cover, or engulf | to overpower or crush; overwhelm (10 of 31 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/whelm

Random House Dictionary:

whelm

to submerge; engulf. | to overcome utterly; overwhelm. | to roll or surge over something, as in becoming submerged. (17 of 29 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/whelm

Wikipedia:

OverPower

a collectible card game produced by Fleer Corporation originally featuring characters from Marvel Comics and later from DC Comics and Image Comics. The game was initially launched in August 1995 and is no longer in production. In the game, two players ... (41 of 3754 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Over​Power

Cambridge Dictionary:

overpower

to defeat someone by having greater strength or power | If a smell or feeling overpowers you, it's so strong that it makes you feel weak or ill (27 of 53 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/overpower

Columbia Encyclopedia:

transmission | clutch

in automobiles, system of parts connecting the engine to the wheels. Suitable torque, or turning force, is generated by the engine only within a ... (24 of 673 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0849282​.html

Britannica Encyclopedia:

clutch [machine component]

device for quickly and easily connecting or disconnecting a pair of rotatable coaxial shafts. Clutches are usually placed between the driving motor ... (22 of 222 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/122640​/clutch

Encarta Dictionary:

whelm | whelmed [past tense] | whelming [present participle] | whelms [3rd-person singular present]

to engulf or submerge something in water | to overpower or overburden somebody or something (14 of 58 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861712623​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

clutch

First use: 1721

Origin: "clutch (verb)": Old English clyccan "bring together, bend (the ... | "clutch (Noun2)": "nest" in reference to chickens, eggs, from clekken ... (21 of 133 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=clutch

Wiktionary:

clutch | clutches [plural] | clutched [past tense] | clutching [present participle]

Origin: Middle English clucchen, clicchen, cluchen, clechen, cleken, from Old English clyccan ... | Variant form of cletch, from Middle English cleken ("to hatch"), perhaps from Old Norse... (26 of 87 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/clutch

New World Dictionary:

clutch

Origin: Middle English clucchen from Old English clyccan, to clench ... | Middle English clucche from the verb | dialect from Middle English ... (20 of 47 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/clutch

Collins Dictionary:

clutch | clutches

First use: 17th century

Origin: Old English clyccan; related to Old Frisian kletsie spear, Swedish klyka clasp, fork | (Northern English dialect) cletch, ... (19 of 25 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/clutch

American Heritage Dictionary:

clutch | clutched [past tense] | clutching [present participle] | clutches [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English clucchen, from Old English clyccan. | Variant of dialectal cletch; akin to Middle English clekken, to hatch, from Old Norse klekja.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/clutch

Oxford Dictionary:

clutch [entry 1] | someone's clutches

Origin: Middle English (in the sense "bend, crook"): variant of obsolete clitch "close the hand", from Old English clyccan "crook, clench", of Germanic origin

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/clutch

clutch [entry 2]

First use: early 18th century

Origin: probably a southern variant of northern English dialect cletch, related to Middle English cleck "to hatch", from Old Norse klekja

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/clutch--2

Merriam-Webster:

clutch [entry 1, verb]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English clucchen, from Old English clyccan

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/clutch

clutch [entry 4, noun]

First use: 1721

Origin: alteration of dialect English cletch hatching, brood

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/clutch show=3

Encarta Dictionary:

clutch [entry 1] | clutches [plural] | clutched [past tense] | clutching [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Variant of obsolete clitch "to bend, grasp" from Old English clyccan "to grasp"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861598077​/definition​.html  [offline]

clutch [entry 2] | clutches [plural]

First use: Early 18th century

Origin: Probably variant of dialectal cletch from cleck "hatch" from Old Norse klekja

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861598078​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

clutch | clutches [plural] | clutched [past tense] | clutching [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "clutch"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/clutch

Collins Dictionary:

clutch | clutches

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "clutch"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/clutch

Macmillan British Dictionary:

clutch [noun] | clutches [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "clutch"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/clutch 9

clutch | clutched [past tense] | clutching [present participle] | clutches [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "clutch"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/clutch

Macmillan American Dictionary:

clutch [noun] | clutches [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "clutch"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/clutch 9

clutch | clutched [past tense] | clutching [present participle] | clutches [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "clutch"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/clutch

Cambridge Dictionary:

clutch [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "clutch"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "clutch"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/clutch 2

the Free Dictionary:

clutch

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "clutch"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "clutch"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "clutch" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/clutch

Google Dictionary:

clutch | clutches [plural] | clutched [past tense] | clutching [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "clutch"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=clutch

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

clutch

Audio: North American pronunciation of "clutch"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=clutch​01 word=clutch

YourDictionary Audio:

clutch

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "clutch" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/clutch

freedictionary.org:

Clutch

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Clutch" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=clutch

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