American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To overpower by superior force; overcome.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To overpower; subdue; vanquish.
- To retain by superior force; have in one's power.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To overpower; to subdue; to vanquish; to govern.
- v. overcome by superior force
“At each period of growth all the growing twigs have tried to branch out on all sides, and to overtop and kill the surrounding twigs and branches, in the same manner as species and groups of species have tried to overmaster other species in the great battle for life.”
“Which is what Father taught me to do, if I can only overmaster my fear.”
“But you did not let your feelings overmaster you-or we would not be here now.”
“Elspat, disdaining to continue the objurgation, or perhaps feeling her grief likely to overmaster her power of expressing her resentment, had left the hut, and was walking forth in the bright moonshine.”
“She said: It is well; I will take that, lest desire overmaster thee.”
“It knew when the bird's need to fly was going to overmaster its need to stay still, in its hide.”
“But she was a lady of such fine principles, that she did not allow her grief to overmaster her; and an opportunity speedily arising for uniting the two best Saxon families in”
“But you did not let your feelings overmaster you — or we would not be here now.”
“I sharply turned my head away, partly because his presence utterly displeased me, and partly because I wished to shun questions: lest, in my present mood, the effort of answering should overmaster self-command.”
“He longed to cry to her from his soul, to crush her body against his, to overmaster her.”
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