[ oh-ver-pou-er-ing ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈpaʊ ər ɪŋ /


that overpowers; overwhelming: an overpowering conviction of the truth.

Origin of overpowering

First recorded in 1690–1700; overpower + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM overpowering

o·ver·pow·er·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·pow·er·ing·ness, noun

Definition for overpowering (2 of 2)

[ 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

First recorded in 1585–95; over- + power


un·o·ver·pow·ered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for overpowering (1 of 2)

/ (ˌəʊvəˈpaʊərɪŋ) /


so strong or intense as to be unbearable
so powerful as to crush or conquer

Derived forms of overpowering

overpoweringly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for overpowering (2 of 2)

/ (ˌəʊvəˈpaʊə) /

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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