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overpower (arouse)

Definition:

to overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

Class:

emotion verb (feeling)

Past tense:

overpowered

Present participle:

overpowering

3rd-person singular present:

overpowers

Type of:

arouse » make

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

"to overcome with superior power", from "over" + "power" (verb).
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of overpower...

Definition references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

sweep over [transitive] | swept over [past tense] | sweeping over [present participle] | sweeps over [3rd-person singular present]

to suddenly affect someone very strongly (6 of 56 words, 1 usage example)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/sweep-over

Collins Dictionary:

whelm | overwhelm [sense-specific]

to engulf entirely with or as if with water | another word for "overwhelm" (13 of 206 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/whelm

Wiktionary:

whelm | whelmed [past tense] | whelming [present participle] | whelms [3rd-person singular present]

To cover; to submerge; to engulf; to bury. | To overcome with emotion. | [obsolete] To throw (something) over a thing so as to cover it. (24 of 157 words, 3 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/whelm

Merriam-Webster:

whelm | overwhelm [synonym, sense-specific] | crush [synonym, sense-specific] | devastate [synonym, sense-specific] | floor [synonym, sense-specific] | grind [synonym, sense-specific] | oppress [synonym, sense-specific] | overcome [synonym, sense-specific] | overmaster [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to turn (as a dish or vessel) upside down usually to cover something; cover or engulf completely with usually disastrous effect | to overcome in ... (24 of 126 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/whelm

Oxford Dictionary:

whelm

[archaic] : | engulf, submerge, or bury | well up or flow | an act or instance of flowing or heaping up abundantly; a surge (22 of 72 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/whelm

American Heritage Dictionary:

whelm | whelmed [past tense] | whelming [present participle] | whelms [3rd-person singular present]

To cover with water; submerge. | To overwhelm. (7 of 40 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/whelm

New World Dictionary:

whelm

to submerge, cover, or engulf | to overpower or crush; overwhelm (10 of 31 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/whelm

Random House Dictionary:

whelm

to submerge; engulf. | to overcome utterly; overwhelm. | to roll or surge over something, as in becoming submerged. (17 of 29 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/whelm

Wikipedia:

OverPower

a collectible card game produced by Fleer Corporation originally featuring characters from Marvel Comics and later from DC Comics and Image Comics. The game was initially launched in August 1995 and is no longer in production. In the game, two players ... (41 of 3754 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Over​Power

Cambridge Dictionary:

overpower

to defeat someone by having greater strength or power | If a smell or feeling overpowers you, it's so strong that it makes you feel weak or ill (27 of 53 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/overpower

Columbia Encyclopedia:

transmission | clutch

in automobiles, system of parts connecting the engine to the wheels. Suitable torque, or turning force, is generated by the engine only within a ... (24 of 673 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0849282​.html

Britannica Encyclopedia:

clutch [machine component]

device for quickly and easily connecting or disconnecting a pair of rotatable coaxial shafts. Clutches are usually placed between the driving motor ... (22 of 222 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/122640​/clutch

Encarta Dictionary:

whelm | whelmed [past tense] | whelming [present participle] | whelms [3rd-person singular present]

to engulf or submerge something in water | to overpower or overburden somebody or something (14 of 58 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861712623​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

overpower

First use: 1590s

Origin: "to overcome with superior power", from "over" + "power" (verb).

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=overpower

overcome

Origin: Old English ofer-cuman "to reach, overtake", also "to conquer, prevail over", from ofer "over" + cuman "to come". A common ... (20 of 93 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=overcome

Wiktionary:

overpower | overpowered [past tense] | overpowering [present participle] | overpowers [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: over- + power

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/overpower

over-

Origin: Middle English over-, from Old English ofer- ("over-"), from Proto-Germanic *ubar- ("over-"). Cognate with Dutch over-, German über-, Danish over-, Swedish över-. More at over.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/over-

power | powered [past tense] | powering [present participle] | powers [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English poer, from Old French poer, from Medieval Latin *potere, for Latin posse ("to be able"); see potent.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/power

overcome | overcame [past tense] | overcoming [present participle] | overcomes [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English overcomen, from Old English ofercuman ("to overcome, subdue, compel, conquer, obtain, attain, reach, overtake"), corresponding to over- + come. Cognate with Dutch overkomen ("to overcome"), German ... (28 of 38 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/overcome

Merriam-Webster:

overcome | overcame [past tense] | overcoming [present participle]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English ofercuman, from ofer over + cuman to come

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/overcome

New World Dictionary:

overcome | overcame [past tense]

Origin: Middle English ouercomen from Old English ofercuman

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/overcome

Oxford Dictionary:

overcome | overcame [past tense]

Origin: Old English ofercuman (see "over-", "come")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/overcome

Audio references

Wiktionary:

overcome | overcame [past tense] | overcoming [present participle] | overcomes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "overcome"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/overcome

Collins Dictionary:

overpower

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "overpower"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/overpower

overcome

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "overcome"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/overcome

Macmillan British Dictionary:

overpower [transitive] | overpowered [past tense] | overpowering [present participle] | overpowers [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "overpower"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/overpower

overcome [transitive] | overcame [past tense] | overcoming [present participle] | overcomes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "overcome"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/overcome

Macmillan American Dictionary:

overpower [transitive] | overpowered [past tense] | overpowering [present participle] | overpowers [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "overpower"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/overpower

overcome [transitive] | overcame [past tense] | overcoming [present participle] | overcomes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "overcome"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/overcome

Cambridge Dictionary:

overpower

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "overpower"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "overpower"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/overpower

overcome [entry 2] | overcame [past tense]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "overcome"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "overcome"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/overcome 2

the Free Dictionary:

overpower

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "overpower"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "overpower"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "overpower" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/overpower

overcome

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "overcome"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "overcome"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "overcome" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/overcome

Google Dictionary:

overpower | overpowered [past tense] | overpowering [present participle] | overpowers [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "overpower"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=overpower

overcome | overcame [past tense] | overcoming [present participle] | overcomes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "overcome"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

overpower

Audio: North American pronunciation of "overpower"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=overpo​03 word=overpower

overcome

Audio: North American pronunciation of "overcome"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=overco​02 word=overcome

YourDictionary Audio:

overpower

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "overpower" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/overpower

overcome

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "overcome" by speech synthesizer

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