overpower


over·pow·er

transitive verb \ˌō-vər-ˈpa(-ə)r\

: 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
:  to overcome by superior force :  subdue
2
:  to affect with overwhelming intensity <the stench overpowered us>
3
:  to provide with more power than is needed or desirable <a dangerously overpowered car>
over·pow·er·ing·ly \-ˈpa(-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.

First Known Use of OVERPOWER

1593

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