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 With few exceptions, Davis just looks lost and completely overmatched at the plate. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "A closer look at Khris Davis’ prolonged slump," 7 Sep. 2019 Te’o in particular looked completely overmatched as Alabama rolled up 265 rushing yards, ground the Irish into dust and drained the title game of its drama with a quickness. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "Notre Dame's Vacated 2012 Wins May Not Officially Exist, but Their Oddities Endure," 16 Feb. 2018 Stanford at Central Florida: UCF 38-28 A week after giving up 45 points to USC, Stanford will be overmatched again. Los Angeles Times, "College football Week 3 picks: Iowa will win a thriller over Iowa State," 12 Sep. 2019 Alabama, Georgia and LSU annihilated overmatched opponents. Christopher Smith, al, "Vegas releases Week 2 SEC betting lines," 1 Sep. 2019 But Owings has been overmatched by major league pitching since the start of the 2018 season. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "A little help, please? The Red Sox could have used some from their complementary players," 25 Aug. 2019 That game also marked the first college start for Thompson-Robinson, who did not appear overmatched while guiding the Bruins to a touchdown on their opening drive. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA’s struggles will be a national spectacle against Oklahoma," 13 Sep. 2019 Also, Tennessee ran it just 31 times for 93 yards, which is just very poor against a Sun Belt team that should be physically overmatched. 4. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Tennessee stunned in worst loss ever and more college football observations from Week 1," 31 Aug. 2019 The unit was exposed at times by overmatched Charleston Southern and then dominated a week later during UF’s first loss to Kentucky since 1986. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Five things to watch during Gators preseason camp," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of overmatch

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of overmatch was in the 14th century

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