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
  1. verb
    overcome by superior force
    synonyms: overmaster, overwhelm
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    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
  2. verb
    overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
    synonyms: overcome, overtake, overwhelm, sweep over, whelm
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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, pique, provoke, raise
    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
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