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

Nearby words

  1. overpopulate,
  2. overpopulated,
  3. overpopulation,
  4. overpotential,
  5. overpower,
  6. overpraise,
  7. overprescribe,
  8. overpressure,
  9. overprice,
  10. overpriced

Origin of overpowering

First recorded in 1690–1700; overpower + -ing2

Related formso·ver·pow·er·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·pow·er·ing·ness, noun



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

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British Dictionary definitions for overpowering



so strong or intense as to be unbearable
so powerful as to crush or conquer
Derived Formsoverpoweringly, adverb


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 overpowering



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

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