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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Eventually Benson, in true Nancy Drew style, overpowered one of her captors and escaped. Jennifer Fisher, Smithsonian, "The Adventurous Writer Who Brought Nancy Drew To Life," 2 July 2018 Alligators are opportunistic feeders that will eat what is readily available and easily overpowered. CBS News, "Homeowner's association sent alligator warning days before deadly attack," 11 June 2018 The superhero blockbuster easily overpowered newcomers like the Melissa McCarthy comedy Life of the Party and the Gabrielle Union thriller Breaking In. Lindsey Bahr, USA TODAY, "'Avengers: Infinity War' keeps heroic grip on No. 1 for third week: $1.6B worldwide," 13 May 2018 Islamic State jihadists, who less than four years ago easily overpowered government forces across wide swaths of the country, are all but defeated. Nabih Bulos, latimes.com, "They have a chance to clean house in upcoming elections. But many Iraqis are asking: 'Why should I vote?'," 11 May 2018 The 6-foot-7 righty from Lawrence can overpower hitters with a fastball that tops out at 100 mph, and Corral wants the pitcher to play to his advantages. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "A longtime SEC coach is helping Mizzou's pitching staff be among the country's best | The Kansas City Star," 20 Apr. 2018 However, determination and love overpowered any difficulty there may have been. Kelley Rowland, Woman's Day, "'Extraordinary' 8-Year-Old Boy Completes Triathlon with Disabled Brother," 25 July 2014 Detecting planets around distant stars can be incredibly difficult, as the starlight usually overpowers the much dimmer planet. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Astronomers snap one of the best baby pics yet of a newborn planet," 2 July 2018 Kansas City, Kansas, police confirmed that 44-year-old Deputy Theresa King died early Saturday from injuries suffered when an inmate overpowered the two deputies. Margaret Stafford, chicagotribune.com, "2nd Kansas sheriff's deputy dies after shooting," 16 June 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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