over·​pow·​er | \ ˌō-vər-ˈpau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce overpower (audio) \
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 How to pronounce overpower (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web To ensure the island and lower cabinets (painted in Inchyra Blue by Farrow & Ball) didn’t overpower the room, the upper and floor-to-ceiling cabinets near the fridge were painted a gray-white (Skimming Stone by Farrow & Ball). Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "Designer Clara Jung Turns a California Home Into a Family's Open-Concept Sanctuary," 12 Mar. 2021 The audio experience offers a hefty amount of bass that packs a punch but doesn’t necessarily overpower the mids and highs on the track. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, "The best work from home earbuds and headphones," 12 Mar. 2021 The successful attempt was based on separating the juice from the fruit during cooking, which removed the sweetness that would otherwise overpower the beef flavor. Huizhong Wu, chicagotribune.com, "Pineapple patriotism in Taiwan: China ban triggers fruit frenzy," 10 Mar. 2021 Already well understood is that mangroves readily overpower Florida’s coastal salt marshes, which has occurred noticeably in the lagoon since that 1989 freeze of mangroves. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Climate surprise: Warming planet helps Florida mangroves conquer oysters," 5 Mar. 2021 Hernandez stood out because of his ability to overpower hitters for more than an inning. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Jonathan Hernandez’s UCL sprain the latest in Rangers’ long history of pitching pitfalls," 9 Mar. 2021 The Cougars are sparked by guard Michael Flowers, an intense competitor who will nail long-range threes but also take his defender into the paint and overpower him. BostonGlobe.com, "As conference tournaments heat up, Northeastern men will be going in cold," 1 Mar. 2021 The way that their mother did XYZ dish is going to resonate and overpower everything else. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "Chuck E. Cheese & Ferrero Rocher: How immigrant communities learn how to be American," 1 Mar. 2021 Hernández and LeBlanc aren’t going to overpower hitters. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "5 things to watch as Orioles begin spring training games begin," 28 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of overpower

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of overpower was in 1597

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20 Apr 2021

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“Overpower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overpower. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce overpower (audio) \
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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