over·​pow·​er ˌō-vər-ˈpau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce overpower (audio)
overpowered; overpowering; overpowers

transitive verb

: to overcome by superior force : subdue
: to affect with overwhelming intensity
the stench overpowered us
: to provide with more power than is needed or desirable
a dangerously overpowered car
overpoweringly 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.
Recent Examples on the Web This scent is long lasting, but not to overpowering. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 Clark managed 21 points, but the Huskies overpowered Iowa 92-72 en route to their 13th consecutive Final Four. Becky Sullivan, NPR, 2 Apr. 2024 Their two best pitchers this spring have been Hicks, overpowering hitters for 28 strikeouts in 17 innings, and Harrison, who appears to have finally harnessed his changeup, giving him a reliable third pitch. 3. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 28 Mar. 2024 Green garlic is another cause for celebration, with its distinct, fresh character that’s pungent but not overpowering. David Tanis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Mar. 2024 Argentina do not look likely to test Brazil’s sturdy defense, and Mexico should have enough quality to overpower Paraguay. Neel Shelat, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Jaden Bradley scored 21 points, Oumar Ballo dominated inside and Arizona overpowered Arizona State 105-60 on Saturday night a year after suffering heartbreak at home against the Sun Devils. John Marshall, USA TODAY, 18 Feb. 2024 Also, former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka overpowered Katie Boulter 7-5, 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals. Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 25 Mar. 2024 Down just 28-27 at halftime and playing the game at their pace, the Gaels were overpowered in the second half by the Lopes (30-4), champions of the Western Athletic Conference, who won for the first time in three tries at the NCAA tournament. Jeff Faraudo, The Mercury News, 23 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Overpower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overpower. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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over·​pow·​er ˌō-vər-ˈpau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce overpower (audio)
: to overcome by greater force : defeat
: overwhelm sense 2
overpowered by hunger
overpoweringly adverb

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