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overpower

verb over·pow·er \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

transitive verb
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
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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
OVERPOWERINGLY Defined for Kids

overpower

verb over·pow·er \ˌō-vər-ˈpa-ər\
over·pow·eredover·pow·er·ing

Definition of OVERPOWER for Kids

1
:  to overcome by greater force :  defeat <The enemy was overpowered.>
2
:  to affect by being too strong <The odor overpowered us.>

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