verb (used with object), o·ver·awed, o·ver·aw·ing.
- to restrain or subdue by inspiring awe; intimidate: He often uses that imperious scowl to overawe his subordinates.
- (tr) to subdue, restrain, or overcome by affecting with a feeling of awe
v.1570s, from over- + awe (v.). Perhaps coined by Spenser. Related: Overawed; overawing.