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Meaning of overarching

o•ver•arch•ing

Pronunciation: (ō"vur-är'ching), [key]
— adj.
  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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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