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overbear

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verb over·bear \ˌō-vər-ˈber\

Definition of overbear

over·boreplay \-ˈbȯr\over·borneplay \-ˈbȯrn\ also over·born \-ˈbȯrn\over·bear·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring down by superior weight or force :  overwhelm

  3. 2 a :  to domineer over b :  to surpass in importance or cogency :  outweigh



Examples of overbear

  1. <that year the football team simply overbore opponent after opponent with steamroller ruthlessness>



1535

First Known Use of overbear

1535

Rhymes with overbear


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