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
Recent Examples on the Web There will be tons of star power on the court and perhaps the only contest all season in which the Ducks are clearly overmatched in terms of talent. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Live score updates, analysis: Oregon women’s basketball vs. Team USA," 10 Nov. 2019 Chicago flopped in its return from its bye week, looking overmatched in a 36-25 loss to Teddy Bridgewater and the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sloppy Bears lose 36-25 to Saints," 20 Oct. 2019 This was alarming in the sense that the Wild looked more apathetic than overmatched in their home opener. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Ranking the Wild’s collapses, from understandable to unacceptable," 18 Oct. 2019 The Dolphins were overmatched in every area as coach Brian Flores tries to install his program. BostonGlobe.com, "MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Jamie Collins had had enough of the Florida heat. So, he just kept running.," 16 Sep. 2019 The Lions looked completely overmatched in their loss to the Vikings, and their inability to close out close games falls squarely on Patricia and his staff. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Grading the Detroit Lions at the midpoint of the season: The defense stinks," 8 Nov. 2019 Hagans looked overmatched with more turnovers (three) than points (two). Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky looks to avoid repeat of 2018 Duke embarrassment in No. 1-vs.-No. 2 opener," 4 Nov. 2019 The offensive line was overmatched at times, especially in the first half. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Matt Nagy has lost his aggressiveness, adding another layer to the Bears’ mess," 3 Nov. 2019 Georgia had a talent advantage at most positions -- maybe all of them -- but looked overmatched at critical junctures. John Talty | Jtalty@al.com, al, "Georgia done as CFP contender, LSU’s O is real deal," 13 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of overmatch

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Overmatch.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overmatch?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=o&file=overma06. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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