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overpowerverb [T]

uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈpaʊər/  us   /ˌoʊ.vɚˈpaʊ.ɚ/
to ​defeat someone by having ​greaterstrength or ​power: The ​gunman was ​finally overpowered by three ​securityguards. If a ​smell or ​feeling overpowers you, it is so ​strong that it makes you ​feelweak or ​ill: The heat/smell of ​gas overpowered me as I went into the ​house.
(Definition of overpower from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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overpowerverb [T]

 us   /ˌoʊ·vərˈpɑʊ·ər, -ˈpɑʊər/
to ​defeat someone by having ​greaterstrength or ​power: The team’s ​forward is ​strong enough to overpower ​smallerdefenders and ​quick enough to ​drive past ​biggerones.
overpowering
adjective  us   /ˌoʊ·vərˈpɑʊ·ər·ɪŋ, -ˈpɑʊər·ɪŋ/
His overpowering ​laugh made him ​immediatelyidentifiable, ​even in a ​crowdedroom.
(Definition of overpower from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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