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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Recent Examples on the Web Amplification is a strategy that women can use to champion each other’s ideas to overpower environments where their voice has not been valued. NBC News, "Women don't brag enough at work — here's why they should," 10 Jan. 2020 Sisk’s hot hand settled after the first quarter, but the Bruins, ranked No. 5 in the state Associated Press poll, used its size to overpower the Highlanders. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Ballard boys basketball rides Gabe Sisk's hot shooting to win over Floyd Central," 10 Jan. 2020 Walker held his ground, however, even drawing a charge when Anunoby tried to overpower him. BostonGlobe.com, "Jaylen Brown looked like an All-Star, and other takeaways from the Celtics’ Christmas victory - The Boston Globe," 26 Dec. 2019 If the Browns can’t use their talented players such as Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landry, Hunt, Chubb and Beckham to overpower the Bengals and Arizona, then there are major problems. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns Pregame Scribbles: The meaning of last four games for Freddie Kitchens," 8 Dec. 2019 Three of the gang are alleged to have overpowered the victim and dragged her to an enclosed area a few feet away. Helen Regan, Vedika Sud And Swati Gupta, CNN, "Hyderabad case: Police shoot dead four suspects in gang-rape and murder," 6 Dec. 2019 The two Mesa patrol officers didn't attempt to overpower the teen or force him into the back of a police car. AZCentral.com, "Police shootings in Arizona," 22 Oct. 2019 Leach said Washington State rarely has the talent to overpower other football teams. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Washington St, Colorado both stumbling heading into showdown," 18 Oct. 2019 That didn’t work, as Cal continued to overpower OSU on the way to the most lopsided home loss of the season. oregonlive, "The next step for Oregon State: How about playing better during the first half of home games?," 12 Oct. 2019

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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 Jan 2020

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“Overpower.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overpower. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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