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 overpoweringly (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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Purdue 74, Cal State Fullerton 48: The Boilermakers overpowered the Titans with their size and skill. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Friday at the 2018 NCAA tournament: No. 13 seed Marshall shocks Wichita State," 16 Mar. 2018 Still vividly remember saying no but my voice getting overpowered by pain and embarrassment. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Survivors Take to Twitter to Share Why They Didn’t Report Their Sexual Assaults," 28 Sep. 2018 What is the secret to using bold color without being overpowered by it? Emily Evans Eerdmans, House Beautiful, "Nick Olsen On Designing a Bold One-Bedroom in Manhattan," 14 July 2014 Jose Alvarado scored 19 points, James Banks III added 16 and Georgia Tech dominated inside and overpowered Syracuse 73-59 on Saturday night, ending the Orange’s four-game winning streak. Mark Frank, The Seattle Times, "Georgia Tech dominates inside, beats Syracuse 73-59," 12 Jan. 2019 This reduces how much alcohol gets carried up in each bubble (too much alcohol can overpower the champagne's more delicate flavors). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The secret to champagne’s universal appeal is the physics of bubbles," 31 Dec. 2018 Its 41-mm diameter is perfectly sized for anyone who wants a smartwatch that doesn’t overpower your arm or weigh you down as the day goes on. David Lazarus, The Seattle Times, "8 great smartwatch picks (that aren’t Apple)," 7 Jan. 2019 The cauliflower worked perfectly in the smoothie because its mild flavor was easily overpowered by the mango and the orange juice. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make a Smoothie Without a Recipe," 2 Jan. 2019 Fender said that when a teacher carries a weapon into school, that weapon is available to anyone who can overpower the teacher. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Strongsville schools lay out security plans, will not arm teachers," 27 Mar. 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 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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