Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To be more than a match for; exceed or defeat.
  • transitive v. To match with a superior opponent.
  • n. A contest in which one opponent is distinctly superior.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A match in which one opponent is very superior to the other
  • v. To match more than intended

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One superior in power; also, an unequal match; a contest in which one of the opponents is overmatched.
  • transitive v. To be more than equal to or a match for; hence, to vanquish.
  • transitive v. To marry (one) to a superior.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be more than a match for; oppose with superior force, numbers, skill, etc.; surpass; outdo: commonly in the past participle.
  • To give in marriage above one's station.
  • n. One who or that which is more than a match; one who or that which is too powerful, skilful, difficult, etc., to be overcome.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

over- +‎ match

Examples

  • I hope, in this turn of the Gregorian Wheel, you overmatch it, as much as you need or want to.

    2010, whether we like it or not.

  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has questioned whether the U.S. military "can really afford a Navy that relies on $3 billion to $6 billion destroyers, $7 billion submarines and $11 billion carriers" given that the service has a "massive overmatch" compared with others, and the Navy's top admiral recently warned that new ships could face a procurement squeeze.

    Navy poised to pick builder of new Littoral Combat Ship this summer

  • With repeal of health-care reform and the rest of the Obama agenda on the line, the president hopes that a newly energized base of public employee unions, minorities, and the poor will overmatch the coalition of “haves” trying to take their new benefits away.

    Radical-In-Chief

  • The urge to bolt, to flee, was strong, and he was afraid it would overmatch his better judgment.

    Guild Wars: Ghosts of Ascalon

  • Anyway, this thing looks like a reasonable opponent to the Khanda sword, and probably something that would easily overmatch the curved Talwar blade, if that had been used.

    Rajput Warrior vs. Roman Centurion

  • Jettisoned Amorphic Mechanism death replacement overmatch.

    Archive 2010-02-01

  • If a single line from a 2001 speech can nearly overmatch 17 years of temperate judicial experience, how is a future Justice Granholm going to moderate the 29 speeches she gives every day?

    The Sotomayor Test

  • Another Katrina-type storm anywhere along the Gulf Coast, or the Eastern seaboard, will overmatch the local capacity.

    CNN Transcript Mar 5, 2009

  • For her vote to declare the Islamic Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization, and her scorn of the "naivete" of talking to Iran, added up to another attempt to overmatch the president in the game of who is the toughest.

    David Bromwich: What Is It Like To Be a Democrat?

  • He expected to win, so he said, “O my lady, be not false to thine oath, for I see thou art an overmatch for me at this game!”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

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