Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To overcome or vanquish by superior force; subdue.
  • transitive v. To affect so strongly as to make helpless or ineffective; overwhelm.
  • transitive v. To supply with excessive mechanical power.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To subdue someone by superior force.
  • v. To render imperceptible by means of greater strength, intensity etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dominating power.
  • transitive v. To excel or exceed in power; to cause to yield by superior power; to vanquish; to subdue.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To vanquish by superior power or force; subdue; reduce to silence, inaction, or submission; defeat.
  • To be too intense or violent for: overcome by intensity; overwhelm: as, his emotions overpowered him.
  • Synonyms Beat, Overwhelm, etc. (see defeat), overbear, master, crush.
  • n. Too great a power; extensive power.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. overcome by superior force
  • v. overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

Etymologies

From over- + power. (Wiktionary)

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