Definition of overawe in English:

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overawe

Pronunciation: /əʊvərˈɔː/

verb

[with object]
Impress (someone) so much that they are silent or inhibited: the eleven-year-old was overawed by the atmosphere
More example sentences
  • It stood in its own park, with a lodge and a drive, partly to give privacy, partly to impress or even overawe visitors.
  • He insists he is not overawed by the challenge of winning the South.
  • Crouching underneath two huge, tired-looking horse chestnut trees, we were overawed by the treasure trove among the fallen leaves.
Synonyms
intimidate, daunt, cow, take someone's breath away, awe, disconcert, blind someone with something, unnerve, discourage, subdue, abash, dismay, frighten, alarm, scare, deter, terrify, terrorize, browbeat, bully
informal psych out
North American informal buffalo

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