overpower

verb over·pow·er \ ˌō-vər-ˈpau̇(-ə)r \
Updated on: 21 Jan 2018

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

overpoweringly

play \ˌō-vər-ˈpau̇(-ə)r-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of overpower in a Sentence

  1. She was able to overpower her attacker.

  2. The police overpowered the man and handcuffed him.

  3. The troops were overpowered by the stronger enemy forces.

  4. His personality overpowers everyone else's.

  5. The delicate taste of the wine was overpowered by the spiciness of the food.

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First Known Use of overpower

1597


OVERPOWER Defined for English Language Learners

overpower

verb

Definition of overpower for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


OVERPOWER Defined for Kids

overpower

verb over·pow·er \ ˌō-vər-ˈpau̇-ər \

Definition of overpower for Students

overpowered; overpowering
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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