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 This is a roux that would overpower a delicate seafood dish but is perfect for a chicken-and-sausage gumbo. Colleen Mcmillar, Better Homes & Gardens, "4 Secrets to Making an Authentic Louisiana Dark Roux According to Louisiana Cooks," 30 Dec. 2020 But the seasonal spirit of this episode doesn't overpower the juicy drama among Summer (Rachel Bilson), Anna (Samaire Armstrong) and Seth (Adam Brody). Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The 10 best Christmas TV episodes of all time, from 'The Office' to 'Downton Abbey'," 16 Dec. 2020 There are times when the space heater could overpower the cord and cause it to short circuit. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Careful with that heater, warns Orange Fire Rescue with increase in fire calls," 2 Dec. 2020 Inaugurated in 1992, boldly scaled and winded, the Meyerson organ can actually overpower the fullest symphonic climax. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Mighty sounds from Todd Wilson and the Meyerson Symphony Center’s Fisk organ," 23 Nov. 2020 Either leading Big Ten rusher Ibrahim or heir-apparent receiver Autman-Bell will need to overpower Domann to keep the Gophers offense running. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, "Gophers-Nebraska game prediction from Megan Ryan," 11 Dec. 2020 It’s this corporate enclosure of the public sphere that’s permitted a grifter with the flimsiest of business credentials like Trump to overpower the public imagination. Kyle Edward Williams, The New Republic, "The End of the Businessman President," 9 Dec. 2020 Clark added that Kolb, who weighed about 100 pounds less than the deputy and stood six inches shorter, was unlikely to overpower him. Los Angeles Times, "After a rare shooting by a deputy at Lake Tahoe left a Silicon Valley engineer paralyzed, a huge payout," 1 Dec. 2020 But his booming drives, which were expected to overpower Augusta National, ended up being a factor on only a few holes. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Tiger Woods Starts Strong at the Masters as Paul Casey Leads an Incomplete Round," 12 Nov. 2020

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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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14 Jan 2021

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“Overpower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overpower. Accessed 16 Jan. 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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