overpower

To overpower is to overcome with greater strength. In order to win an arm-wrestling match you must overpower your opponent.

The word overpower is often used in situations where great force is used or required against some person or thing. One army might overpower another, or a mugger might overpower his victim. But delicate things, like the scent of a perfume, can also overpower you, especially if they're too strong. Our emotions can also overpower us: we cheer after a home run and swoon when it's love at first sight.

DEFINITIONS OF: overpower

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v overcome by superior force

Synonyms:
overmaster, overwhelm
Types:
steamroll, steamroller
overwhelm by using great force
Type of:
beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

v overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

Synonyms:
overcome, overtake, overwhelm, sweep over, whelm
Types:
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devastate
overwhelm or overpower
clutch, get hold of, seize
affect
kill
overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration
benight
overtake with darkness or night
knock out
overwhelm with admiration
stagger
astound or overwhelm, as with shock
lock
hold fast (in a certain state)
Type of:
arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise
call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
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