over·​match | \ ˌō-vər-ˈmach How to pronounce overmatch (audio) \
overmatched; overmatching; overmatches

Definition of overmatch

transitive verb

1 : to be more than a match for : defeat
2 : to match with a superior opponent

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Examples of overmatch in a Sentence

an indomitable spirit that no amount of adversity could overmatch

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Athletic enough to think he won’t be totally overmatched. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Rodions Kurucs Scouting Report and Highlights," 17 June 2018 Firenze Fire Trainer: Jason Servis Jockey: Paco Lopez Odds: 50-1 Drape: An awful post for a horse that has been overmatched all year. New York Times, "Kentucky Derby 2018: Odds and Our Experts’ Predictions," 4 May 2018 Meanwhile, the sidelined, stay-at-home Mr. Parr is the center of a comic subplot that has him overmatched by domestic chores — dealing with his daughter’s teen meltdown, his son’s new math, and baby Jack-Jack’s manic energy. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Incredibles 2': Worth the 14-year wait," 13 June 2018 Trevor Story looks overmatched by MLB pitching, DJ LeMahieu is increasingly little more than a shiny batting average, and the outfield around Blackmon has been a morass of declining veterans. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "2018 MLB Awards Predictions: Who Will Take Home Baseball's Top Honors?," 27 Mar. 2018 Three hung at least that many points on overmatched opening opponents. Eric Olson, The Seattle Times, "Mighty Fine: North Texas QB completes nation-best 40 passes," 3 Sep. 2018 Policy confrontations, on the other hand, tend to leave him looking overmatched. Ezra Klein, Vox, "To beat Trump, House Democrats need to fight on policy, not just scandals," 12 Nov. 2018 Wednesday's game showed these aren't the same Raptors, some overmatched squad that is destined for a lopsided outcome like last year's playoffs, when Toronto was swept out of the conference semifinals with relative ease. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers' road to NBA Finals has never been tougher, as changed Toronto Raptors show: Chris Fedor," 22 Mar. 2018 Cavs coach Tyronn Lue will continue to start Love at center, where Love is physically overmatched by Valanciunas. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers Pregame Scribbles: Head games in playoffs -- Terry Pluto," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of overmatch

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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