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[oh-ver-pou-er] /ˌoʊ vərˈpaʊ ər/
verb (used with object)
to overcome, master, or subdue by superior force:
to overpower a maniac.
to overcome or overwhelm in feeling; affect or impress excessively:
overpowered with confusion and desire.
to gain mastery over the bodily powers or mental faculties of:
a strong drink that quickly overpowered him.
to furnish or equip with excessive power:
a giant motor that overpowered the pump.
Origin of overpower
1585-95; over- + power
Related forms
unoverpowered, adjective
1. vanquish, subjugate, conquer, defeat, beat. Unabridged
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  • The sweeter, riper fruit-and higher alcohol levels that result-overpower subtler flavors.
  • With the cells open, the inmates overpower the guard and begin the largest riot in the prison's history.
  • Higher natures overpower lower ones by affecting them with a certain sleep.
  • Instead, he escalated his rhetoric, in an attempt to overpower any ambiguities.
  • No, because it doesn't contain enough iron for the magnetism to overpower gravity pulling the weight of all that cereal down.
  • Still, tourists at times can overpower the sense of a living city.
  • Two, shoot too directly and the light source will overpower your exposure.
  • After they easily overpower the small creature, they take it back to the block where they proudly display their catch.
  • If you think the chiles will overpower the sweetness of the corn, relax.
  • We don't know what the solutions are-yet, somehow, we're supposed to not allow our anxiety to overpower our lives.
British Dictionary definitions for overpower


verb (transitive)
to conquer or subdue by superior force
to have such a strong effect on as to make helpless or ineffective
to supply with more power than necessary
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Word Origin and History for overpower

"to overcome with superior power," 1590s, from over- + power (v.). Related: Overpowered; overpowering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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