overpowering

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

adjective

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)

overpower
[ 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

OTHER WORDS FROM overpower

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

overpowering
/ (ˌəʊvəˈpaʊərɪŋ) /

adjective

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)

overpower
/ (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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