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

transitive verb

: to restrain or subdue by awe

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web By causing international shocks, Russia hopes to overawe the West once again, both presenting it the prospect of a winter energy shortage and stoking crises in the developing world. Seth Cropsey, National Review, 20 July 2022 The only possible argument against these activities would be that the former president's lingering aura of majesty would somehow overawe his business partners or opposing counsel or fellow lawmakers or whatever. Grayson Quay, The Week, 7 Apr. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overawe was in 1579

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“Overawe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overawe. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


over·​awe ˌō-və-ˈrȯ How to pronounce overawe (audio)
: to make quiet or peaceful with fear, respect, or wonder

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