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overpowering

[oh-ver-pou-er-ing] /ˌoʊ vərˈpaʊ ər ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
that overpowers; overwhelming:
an overpowering conviction of the truth.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; overpower + -ing2
Related forms
overpoweringly, adverb
overpoweringness, noun

overpower

[oh-ver-pou-er] /ˌoʊ vərˈpaʊ ər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to overcome, master, or subdue by superior force:
to overpower a maniac.
2.
to overcome or overwhelm in feeling; affect or impress excessively:
overpowered with confusion and desire.
3.
to gain mastery over the bodily powers or mental faculties of:
a strong drink that quickly overpowered him.
4.
to furnish or equip with excessive power:
a giant motor that overpowered the pump.
Origin
1585-95; over- + power
Related forms
unoverpowered, adjective
Synonyms
1. vanquish, subjugate, conquer, defeat, beat.
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  • They add color and a country flavor to flower arrangements and center pieces without overpowering them.
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British Dictionary definitions for overpowering

overpower

/ˌəʊvəˈpaʊə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to conquer or subdue by superior force
2.
to have such a strong effect on as to make helpless or ineffective
3.
to supply with more power than necessary

overpowering

/ˌəʊvəˈpaʊərɪŋ/
adjective
1.
so strong or intense as to be unbearable
2.
so powerful as to crush or conquer
Derived Forms
overpoweringly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for overpowering

overpower

v.

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

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