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overpower Line breaks: over|power
Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈpaʊə/

Definition of overpower in English:


[with object]
1Defeat or overcome with superior strength: he overpowered the two men and frogmarched them to the police station
More example sentences
  • He is hated for being a rich bully who uses his strength and wealth to overpower those who are weaker and poorer than he is.
  • They would overpower you with their strength and their will and the sheer pace of their play.
  • I struggled against this restriction, but his strength far overpowered mine.
gain control over, overwhelm, prevail over, get the better of, get the upper hand over, gain mastery over, master, control, overthrow, overturn, upset, subdue, suppress, subjugate, hegemonize, repress, quell, quash, crush, finish, bring someone to their knees, break, conquer, defeat, vanquish, beat, be victorious over, gain a victory over, triumph over, best, worst, trounce, rout
informal thrash, lick, clobber, whip, wipe the floor with, drub, tank, blow out of the water
US informal own
1.1Be too intense for; overwhelm: they were overpowered by the fumes
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  • I sat there gazing at Robert and the more I did, the more an intense feeling overpowered me.
  • His overwhelming need for sleep overpowered any attempt to think at all.
  • As he came toward the reactor, his sadness and confusion was overpowered by his fighter pilot instincts.
overcome, overwhelm, sweep over, move, stir, affect, touch, impress, sweep someone off their feet, strike, stun, shake, disturb, devastate, take aback, daze, leave speechless, spellbind, dazzle, floor
overwhelming, burdensome, oppressive, weighty, unbearable, unendurable, intolerable, shattering, intimidating, overbearing, dominating
informal mind-blowing
nauseating, nauseous, sickly, offensive, acrid, astringent, sharp, bitter, fetid, cloying, mephitic;
heady, aromatic

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