over·​pow·​er | \ˌō-vər-ˈpau̇(-ə)r \
overpowered; overpowering; overpowers

Definition of overpower 

transitive verb

1 : to overcome by superior force : subdue

2 : to affect with overwhelming intensity the stench overpowered us

3 : to provide with more power than is needed or desirable a dangerously overpowered car

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Other Words from overpower

overpoweringly \ ˌō-​vər-​ˈpau̇(-​ə)r-​iŋ-​lē \ adverb

Examples of overpower in a Sentence

She was able to overpower her attacker. The police overpowered the man and handcuffed him. The troops were overpowered by the stronger enemy forces. His personality overpowers everyone else's. The delicate taste of the wine was overpowered by the spiciness of the food.
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McCarron, 52, one of the Champions tour’s bombers, overpowered U Ridge with his driver, birdied five of his last 10 holes and stole the title from under Stricker’s and Kelly’s noses. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Scott McCarron takes American Family title from Steve Stricker, Jerry Kelly," 24 June 2018 Chapman walked three straight batters around a wild pitch starting the ninth, his velocity down 3-4 mph on the cool afternoon from the 100 mph-plus heat that overpowered Boston on warm spring nights earlier in the week. Ronald Blum, courant.com, "With Help Of Reversal, Yankees Top A's 7-6, Stop Tiny Skid," 12 May 2018 This was a shift from the Ray of last year, a pitcher who overpowered with his fastball. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Alex Avila, Robbie Ray take steps forward in Diamondbacks' road win over Phillies," 24 Apr. 2018 After an hours-long standoff, SWAT team members rushed him and overpowered him. Bill Torpy, ajc, "Torpy at Large: When a murderous cop has law-and-order enablers," 5 July 2018 After nearly stealing Game 1 in Oakland behind a heroic performance from LeBron James, the Cavaliers were overpowered by the Warriors in Game 2 as Stephen Curry set an NBA Finals record with nine three-pointers to give Golden State a 2-0 lead. Sean Meagher, OregonLive.com, "NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Game 2 score, TV channel, watch live stream," 6 June 2018 Anyone beating Rafa that can’t overpower him, take the racket out of his hand, best-of-five sets, that’s really hard to do. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "A Scary Thought at the French Open: Rafael Nadal Is More Efficient Than Ever," 28 May 2018 The Rams opened the playoffs with a 3-1 win against Clear Creek and overpowered Pasadena Memorial 4-0 in the area playoffs. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Elsik, Stafford boys advance to regional," 8 Apr. 2018 This semi-hard cheese welcomed the smoke — which was infused to just the right degree — coming through without overpowering each bite. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Oskar's fills a food void in Louisville we didn't know we had | Review," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of overpower

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of overpower

: to defeat or gain control of (someone or something) by using force

: to affect (someone) very strongly or severely

: to have more strength, force, or effect than (someone or something)


over·​pow·​er | \ˌō-vər-ˈpau̇-ər \
overpowered; overpowering

Kids Definition of overpower

1 : to overcome by greater force : defeat The enemy was overpowered.

2 : to affect by being too strong The odor overpowered us.

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