To overpower someone is to defeat them easily. You can overpower someone with your strength or with your words.

  • He was overpowered by the other students and was unable to fight back.

  • The politician was overpowered by the protesters and couldn't say anything.

Definition of overpower


overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli


overcome, overtake, overwhelm, sweep over, whelm


overcome by superior force


overmaster, overwhelm

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Example Sentences for overpower

  • 1

    The materialism is overpowering.

  • 2

    The army overpowered the foes.

  • 3

    It would overpower the taste of the avocado.

  • 4

    The entire point was the overpowering smell.

  • 5

    He has an egocentric and overpowering personality.

  • 6

    The content editors overpower the stubborn ones.

  • 7

    The Dutch were able to overpower and defeat the nationalists.

  • 8

    He was overpowered by the crew and the flight landed safely.

  • 9

    About three o'clock, I was attacked by an overpowering languor.

  • 10

    The Athenians overpower the Thebans and return both girls to Oedipus.