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overpower

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verb over·pow·er \ˌō-vər-ˈpau̇(-ə)r\

Simple Definition of overpower

  • : to defeat or gain control of (someone or something) by using force

  • : to affect (someone) very strongly or severely

  • : to have more strength, force, or effect than (someone or something)

Full Definition of overpower

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to overcome by superior force :  subdue

  3. 2 :  to affect with overwhelming intensity <the stench overpowered us>

  4. 3 :  to provide with more power than is needed or desirable <a dangerously overpowered car>

over·pow·er·ing·ly play \-ˈpau̇(-ə)r-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of overpower

  1. She was able to overpower her attacker.

  2. The police overpowered the man and handcuffed him.

  3. The troops were overpowered by the stronger enemy forces.

  4. His personality overpowers everyone else's.

  5. The delicate taste of the wine was overpowered by the spiciness of the food.



1593

First Known Use of overpower

1593


OVERPOWER Defined for Kids

overpower

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verb over·pow·er \ˌō-vər-ˈpau̇-ər\

Definition of overpower

over·pow·eredover·pow·er·ing

  1. 1 :  to overcome by greater force :  defeat <The enemy was overpowered.>

  2. 2 :  to affect by being too strong <The odor overpowered us.>





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