verb (used with object)

  1. to overcome, master, or subdue by superior force: to overpower a maniac.
  2. to overcome or overwhelm in feeling; affect or impress excessively: overpowered with confusion and desire.
  3. to gain mastery over the bodily powers or mental faculties of: a strong drink that quickly overpowered him.
  4. to furnish or equip with excessive power: a giant motor that overpowered the pump.

verb (tr)

  1. to conquer or subdue by superior force
  2. to have such a strong effect on as to make helpless or ineffective
  3. to supply with more power than necessary

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

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