- 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
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1. vanquish, subjugate, conquer, defeat, beat.
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Examples from the Web for overpower
And hearing how loud he would scream and overpower the microphone.The Real Legacy of Richard Nixon
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But the statistic cannot overpower the emotional response to flying.No, Noah Gallagher Shannon, Your Plane Was Not Going to Crash
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There are moments the grim metal can overpower the sleazy pop charm of early material.Guns N’ Roses Rocks Las Vegas
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Enough smarts to speak before the cameras, but not so much smarts that you overpower your husband.No More Mrs. Good Wife
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Blake Gopnik takes a stroll and wonders whether the technology will overpower the art.Google Takes Street View Inside 17 Museums for Virtual Tours
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He would take her in spite of that; overpower her; force her to go.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The plan of the conspirators had been to shoot down the horses and overpower the escort.The Secret Agent
No, not all: but you overpower me with your wit; and I cannot stand the 'lightning of your eyes.'Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
I am afraid your wealth and his (Antisthenes') combined may overpower me.The Symposium
You, even more than I, are bound to see that the Assyrians do not overpower us.Cyropaedia
- 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
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