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verb [transitive]     overpower pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleoverpowering
past tenseoverpowered
past participleoverpowered
  1. 2
    to affect someone so strongly that they cannot think or behave normally
  2. 3
    if one smell or taste overpowers another, it is much stronger than the other and spoils it


a marketing strategy which deceives people by trying to suggest that a business is motivated by principles of sharing rather than conventional profits

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open/agreeable/able to be communicated with via text

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