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

First recorded in 1585–95; over- + power
Related formsun·o·ver·pow·ered, adjective

Synonyms for overpower

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Historical Examples of overpower

  • 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.

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



British Dictionary definitions for overpower


verb (tr)

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.

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