adverb \ˈō-vər\

: in an upward and forward direction across something

: downward from an upright position

: downward to a flat or horizontal position

Full Definition of OVER

a :  across a barrier or intervening space; especially :  across the goal line in football
b :  forward beyond an edge or brink and often down <wandered too near the cliff and fell over>
c :  across the brim <soup boiled over>
d :  so as to bring the underside up <turned his cards over>
e :  from a vertical to a prone or inclined position <knocked the lamp over>
f :  from one person or side to another <hand it over>
g :  across <got his point over>
h :  to one's home <invite some friends over>
i :  on the other side of an intervening space <the next town over>
j :  to agreement or concord <won them over>
a (1) :  beyond some quantity, limit, or norm often by a specified amount or to a specified degree <show ran a minute over> (2) :  in an excessive manner :  inordinately
b :  till a later time (as the next day) :  overnight <stay over> <sleep over>
a :  above
b :  so as to cover the whole surface <windows boarded over>
—used on a two-way radio circuit to indicate that a message is complete and a reply is expected
a :  through <read it over>; also :  in an intensive or comprehensive manner
b :  once more :  again <do it over>

Examples of OVER

  1. The wall's too high for us to climb over.
  2. We came to a stream and jumped over.
  3. She leaned over and kissed him.
  4. She knocked over the lamp.
  5. A couple of trees fell over during the storm.
  6. The baby rolled over onto his stomach.

Origin of OVER

Middle English, adverb & preposition, from Old English ofer; akin to Old High German ubar (preposition) above, beyond, over, Latin super, Greek hyper
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with OVER



: from, to, or at a place that is higher than (someone or something)

: on top of (something) : so as to cover (something)

: beyond and down from (something)

Full Definition of OVER

—used as a function word to indicate motion or situation in a position higher than or above another <towered over his mother> <flew over the lake> <rode over the old Roman road>
a —used as a function word to indicate the possession of authority, power, or jurisdiction in regard to some thing or person <respected those over him>
b —used as a function word to indicate superiority, advantage, or preference <a big lead over the others>
c —used as a function word to indicate one that is overcome, circumvented, or disregarded <passed over the governor's veto>
a :  more than <cost over $5>
b :  above 4
a —used as a function word to indicate position upon or movement down upon <laid a blanket over the child> <hit him over the head>
b (1) :  all through or throughout <showed me over the house> <went over his notes>
(2) —used as a function word connecting one mathematical set and another whose elements are coefficients or values of parameters used to form elements of the first set <polynomials over the field of real numbers>
c —used as a function word to indicate a particular medium or channel of communication <over the radio>
—used as a function word to indicate position on or motion to the other side or beyond <lives over the way> <fell over the edge>
a :  throughout, during <over the past 25 years>
b :  until the end of <stay over Sunday>
a —used as a function word to indicate an object of solicitude, interest, consideration, or reference <the Lord watches over his own>
b —used as a function word to indicate the object of an expressed or implied occupation, activity, or concern <trouble over money> <met with advisers over lunch>

Examples of OVER

  1. The sun's coming up over the mountain.
  2. She looked at him over the top of her glasses.
  3. Their balcony looks out over the city.
  4. He looked over the fence.
  5. A plane was flying low over the trees.
  6. The meat was cooked over an open fire.
  7. She slung the bag over her shoulder.
  8. His hat was pulled low over his eyes.
  9. Throw the rocks over the side of the boat.
  10. He fell over the cliff's edge.

First Known Use of OVER

before 12th century

Related to OVER

below, beneath, under



: having reached the end

Full Definition of OVER

a :  upper, higher
b :  outer, covering
c :  excessive <over imagination>
a :  not used up :  remaining <something over to provide for unusual requirements — J. A. Todd>
b :  having or showing an excess or surplus
:  being at an end <the day is over>
:  fried on both sides <ordered two eggs over>
over easy
:  fried on one side then turned and fried lightly on the other side <eggs over easy>

Examples of OVER

  1. When is this class over?
  2. And before we knew it, the storm was over.
  3. When it's over, it's over. You don't get a second chance.

First Known Use of OVER

before 12th century


overedover·ing \ˈō-və-riŋ, ˈōv-riŋ\

Definition of OVER

transitive verb
:  to leap over

First Known Use of OVER

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