verb (used with object), o·ver·awed, o·ver·aw·ing.

  1. to restrain or subdue by inspiring awe; intimidate: He often uses that imperious scowl to overawe his subordinates.


  1. (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.

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