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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 of overpower
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; over- + power
Related forms
unoverpowered, adjective
Synonyms
1. vanquish, subjugate, conquer, defeat, beat.
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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 Joseph Conrad
  • No, not all: but you overpower me with your wit; and I cannot stand the 'lightning of your eyes.'

  • I am afraid your wealth and his (Antisthenes') combined may overpower me.

    The Symposium Xenophon
  • You, even more than I, are bound to see that the Assyrians do not overpower us.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
British Dictionary definitions for overpower

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
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Word Origin and History for overpower
v.

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

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