overpowers, overpowering, overpowered
1) VERB If you overpower someone, you manage to take hold of and keep hold of them, although they struggle a lot.

[V n] It took ten guardsmen to overpower him...

[V n] The rebels were overpowered and arrested.

2) VERB If a feeling overpowers you, it suddenly affects you very strongly.

[V n] A sudden dizziness overpowered him...

[V n] I was so overpowered by my guilt and my shame that I was unable to speak.

3) VERB In a sports match, when one team or player overpowers the other, they play much better than them and beat them easily.

[V n] Britain's tennis No 1 yesterday overpowered American Brian Garrow 7-6, 6-3.

4) VERB If something such as a colour or flavour overpowers another colour or flavour, it is so strong that it makes the second one less noticeable.

[V n] On fair skin, pale shades are delicate enough not to overpower your colouring...

[V n] Vegetables such as peppers can overpower the flavor of the stock.


English dictionary. 2008.

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