over·​awe | \ ˌō-vər-ˈȯ How to pronounce overawe (audio) \
overawed; overawing; overawes

Definition of overawe

transitive verb

: to restrain or subdue by awe

Examples of overawe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kenin was on the back foot for the opener, though didn't appear to be overawed in her first grand slam final. Ravi Ubha, CNN, 1 Feb. 2020 The Serb looked to be at his very best for long periods of the match but Bautista Agut, not at all overawed by the occasion in his first grand slam semifinal, matched his opponent's brilliance at times. Matias Grez, CNN, 12 July 2019 Would a team known as big-tournament chokers be overawed by the occasion of hosting a Women's World Cup? Grant Wahl, SI.com, 7 June 2019 The game often seems devastatingly intent on overawing players with its painstakingly detailed recreations of the ancient or the medieval. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, 4 Oct. 2018 The hosts weren't overawed by the occasion in the opening stages of the game and their young winger Milot Rashica was their biggest attacking outlet, getting the better of Lukasz Piszczek on more than one occasion. SI.com, 29 Apr. 2018 Philosophers and others in the field of the humanities who helped shape previous concepts of world order tend to be disadvantaged, lacking knowledge of AI’s mechanisms or being overawed by its capacities. Henry A. Kissinger, The Atlantic, 15 May 2018 Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold has insisted will not be overawed by lining up against Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo when the two sides meet in the Champions League final. SI.com, 15 May 2018 The visitors started the game brightly and weren't overawed by the occasion. SI.com, 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of overawe

1579, in the meaning defined above

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“Overawe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overawe. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of overawe

: to make (someone) unable to think, speak, or behave normally because of a strong feeling of respect and fear

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