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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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 And it would be designed so that humans could overpower it or successfully outrun it. Andy Meek, BGR, 20 Aug. 2021 The Footballers’ defense, in theory, should overpower the Falcons (1-2), as Atlanta has rushed for 100 yards only once and is still heavily relying on Matt Ryan’s arm at the ripe age of 36. New York Times, 30 Sep. 2021 Using clear, economical gestures, Edusei led an incisive account that was marred only by a tendency for the strings and brass to overpower the winds. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 18 Sep. 2021 And when this happens, there will be a tidal wave of activity, investment, and new players to the market who have the capital resources and infrastructure to overpower the massive amount of serial entrepreneurs who have built great products. Jackie Bryant, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 Arrington added a 1-yard TD on his third carry as the host Caravan went on to overpower Phillips for a 42-0 nonconference victory. Jeff Vorva, chicagotribune.com, 4 Sep. 2021 Keep in mind that a car is a multi-ton vehicle that can readily overpower any human, young or old, and readily smack into and harm anyone within its path. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 The first sip reveals a spicy orange bomb of a bourbon with a bit of tannin that doesn’t overpower the palate. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 11 June 2021 Bernstein does not believe Barrios will overpower Davis with pressure. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, 24 June 2021

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First Known Use of overpower

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Overpower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overpower. Accessed 18 Oct. 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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