[oh-ver-aw] /ˌoʊ vərˈɔ/

verb (used with object), overawed, overawing.
to restrain or subdue by inspiring ; intimidate:
He often uses that imperious scowl to overawe his subordinates.
(transitive) to subdue, restrain, or overcome by affecting with a feeling of awe

1570s, from over- + awe (v.). Perhaps coined by Spenser. Related: Overawed; overawing.


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