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 But the Rockets were so overmatched in the first half, they were outscored 22-0 in second-chance points. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Slumping Rockets get stomped by Magic," 8 Mar. 2020 Sharapova was Williams’s great if overmatched foil, on the court and in American culture. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Maria Sharapova Changed Tennis with Her Ambition, on and off the Court," 26 Feb. 2020 But the youngest sibling appeared overmatched his first college season, failing to catch a pass while toiling as a run blocker who wore No. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "LSU’s Justin Jefferson ready to cash in on his NFL opportunity," 17 Apr. 2020 YouTube is filled with reels of the 18-year-old detonating on overmatched high schoolers, dropping out of the sky to pummel shots into the stands and weaving through traffic to score as if defenders were training cones. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Landing Vandegrift star Greg Brown III could alter course of Texas basketball," 10 Apr. 2020 In the early stages of these kinds of crises, local officials try to avoid blame from Beijing by hiding information about outbreaks and the extent to which health facilities are overmatched. Ian Bremmer, Time, "How the Coronavirus Epidemic Could Upend the Global Economy," 6 Feb. 2020 The Colts were a sieve in the passing game in the final four weeks, able to stop only overmatched Carolina rookie Will Grier. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Thumbs up, thumbs down: Breakdowns in passing game, pass defense send Colts spiraling," 30 Dec. 2019 Taggart, who was successful at South Florida and went 7-5 in his one season coaching Oregon, appears like he might be overmatched in Tallahassee. Los Angeles Times, "Ranking the college football coaching class of 2018: the good, the bad and the ugly," 7 Oct. 2019 For now, consider all the ways the Braves, who lead the series 2-1 with Game 4 on Monday, are better than the 2018 version that looked overmatched against the Dodgers. Dave Sheinin, The Denver Post, "Braves are unrecognizable from last year’s team, and more dangerous than ever," 6 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overmatch. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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