over·​awe | \ˌō-vər-ˈȯ \
overawed; overawing; overawes

Definition of overawe 

transitive verb

: to restrain or subdue by awe

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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, "Bremen 1-1 Dortmund: BVB Denied Hard-Fought Win But Edge Closer to UCL Qualification," 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, "How the Enlightenment Ends," 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, "Liverpool Starlet Relishing 'Honour' of Stopping Real Madrid Superstar Ronaldo in UCL Final," 15 May 2018 The visitors started the game brightly and weren't overawed by the occasion. SI.com, "Dortmund 3-0 Stuttgart: Slice of Luck Helps BVB Dispatch Swabians to Close Gap on Rivals," 8 Apr. 2018 The Exiles certainly were not overawed by the occasion or the surroundings and worked hard while Spurs maintained possession without really testing Joe Day in the visitors' goal. SI.com, "WATCH: Tottenham Takes Care of Business vs. Newport in FA Cup Replay," 7 Feb. 2018 Imagine a Scott Baio–level has-been speaking before a rapt audience at the Democratic National Convention or a celebrity on the order of Ted Nugent leaving Democrats overawed. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Why Not President Oprah?," 8 Jan. 2018 In what was his full debut, Chamberlain failed to link with his attacking partners on a series of occasions and appeared to be overawed and jaded by the encounter with Craig Shakespeare's resurgent squad. SI.com, "Liverpool Fans Rip Into £40m Oxlade-Chamberlain on Twitter Following Reds 2-0 Loss at Leicester," 20 Sep. 2017 In previous seasons, the prospect of getting a positive result at a ground like the Santiago Bernabéu, would have been completely overawing. SI.com, "FanView: Spurs Discover Their Level After Impressive Draw With Real Madrid in UCL Encounter," 19 Oct. 2017

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1579, in the meaning defined above

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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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