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[oh-ver-mach] /ˌoʊ vərˈmætʃ/
verb (used with object)
to be more than a match for; surpass; defeat:
an assignment that clearly overmatched his abilities; an able task force that overmatched the enemy fleet.
to match (a competitor) against another of superior strength, ability, or the like.
Origin of overmatch
1300-50; Middle English overmacchen. See over-, match2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for overmatch
  • He also made her an overmatch for the cruelty of the persecutors, in overcoming fire and other torments.
  • overmatch is encouraged and will be considered when evaluating grant requests.
  • They also set off a bidding war between jurisdictions in the terms of the overmatch.
  • Counties are encouraged to report all applicable overmatch expenses.
  • Any matching funds, including overmatch, put into the project budget are subject to the same restrictions as the grant funds.
  • By fusing these capabilities, he expects to attain command and control overmatch against any adversary.
British Dictionary definitions for overmatch


verb (transitive) (ˌəʊvəˈmætʃ)
to be more than a match for
to match with a superior opponent
noun (ˈəʊvəˌmætʃ)
a person superior in ability
a match in which one contestant is superior
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Word Origin and History for overmatch

mid-14c., "be more than a match for," from over- + match (v.). Related: Overmatched; overmatching.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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