overawe

verb over·awe \ ˌō-vər-ˈȯ \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of overawe

transitive verb
: to restrain or subdue by awe

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First Known Use of overawe

1579


OVERAWE Defined for English Language Learners

overawe

verb

Definition of overawe for English Language Learners

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



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