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over

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adverb \ˈō-vər\

Simple Definition of over

  • : in an upward and forward direction across something

  • : downward from an upright position

  • : downward to a flat or horizontal position

Full Definition of over

  1. 1 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>

  2. 2 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>

  3. 3 a :  above b :  so as to cover the whole surface <windows boarded over>

  4. 4 —used on a two-way radio circuit to indicate that a message is complete and a reply is expected

  5. 5 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


2

over

preposition

Simple Definition of 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

  1. 1 —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>

  2. 2 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>

  3. 3 a :  more than <cost over $5> b :  above 4

  4. 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>

  5. 5 —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>

  6. 6 a :  throughout, during <over the past 25 years> b :  until the end of <stay over Sunday>

  7. 7 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.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of over

before 12th century


3

over

adjective

Simple Definition of over

  • : having reached the end

Full Definition of over

  1. 1 a :  upper, higher b :  outer, covering c :  excessive <over imagination>

  2. 2 a :  not used up :  remaining <something over to provide for unusual requirements — J. A. Todd> b :  having or showing an excess or surplus

  3. 3 :  being at an end <the day is over>

  4. 4 :  fried on both sides <ordered two eggs over>

over easy
  1. :  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.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of over

before 12th century


4

over

verb

Definition of over

overedover·ing play \ˈō-və-riŋ, ˈōv-riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to leap over



1837

First Known Use of over

1837


over-

prefix

Simple Definition of over-

  • : too much or too great

  • : so as to be better or beyond

  • : very or extremely

Full Definition of over-

  1. 1 :  so as to exceed or surpass <overachieve>

  2. 2 :  excessive <overstimulation>

  3. 3 :  to an excessive degree <overthin>

  1. over·ab·stract

  2. over·abun·dance

  3. over·abun·dant

  4. over·ac·cen·tu·ate

  5. over·ad·just·ment

  6. over·ad·ver·tise

  7. over·ag·gres·sive

  8. over·alert

  9. over·am·bi·tious

  10. over·am·bi·tious·ness

  11. over·am·pli·fied

  12. over·anal·y·sis

  13. over·an·a·lyt·i·cal

  14. over·an·a·lyze

  15. over·anx·i·ety

  16. over·anx·ious

  17. over·ap·pli·ca·tion

  18. over·arous·al

  19. over·ar·range

  20. over·ar·tic·u·late

  21. over·as·sert

  22. over·as·ser·tion

  23. over·as·ser·tive

  24. over·as·sess·ment

  25. over·at·ten·tion

  26. over·bake

  27. over·beat

  28. over·be·jew·eled

  29. over·bill

  30. over·bleach

  31. over·boil

  32. over·bold

  33. over·bor·row

  34. over·breath·ing

  35. over·brief

  36. over·bright

  37. over·broad

  38. over·browse

  39. over·bru·tal

  40. over·burn

  41. over·busy

  42. over·care·ful

  43. over·cau·tion

  44. over·cau·tious

  45. over·cen·tral·i·za·tion

  46. over·cen·tral·ize

  47. over·chill

  48. over·civ·i·lized

  49. over·claim

  50. over·clas·si·fi·ca·tion

  51. over·clas·si·fy

  52. over·clean

  53. over·clear

  54. over·coach

  55. over·com·mer·cial·i·za·tion

  56. over·com·mer·cial·ize

  57. over·com·mu·ni·cate

  58. over·com·mu·ni·ca·tion

  59. over·com·plex

  60. over·com·pli·ance

  61. over·com·pli·cate

  62. over·com·pli·cat·ed

  63. over·com·press

  64. over·con·cen·tra·tion

  65. over·con·cern

  66. over·con·cerned

  67. over·con·fi·dence

  68. over·con·fi·dent

  69. over·con·fi·dent·ly

  70. over·con·sci·en·tious

  71. over·con·scious

  72. over·con·ser·va·tive

  73. over·con·struct

  74. over·con·sume

  75. over·con·sump·tion

  76. over·con·trol

  77. over·cook

  78. over·cool

  79. over·cor·rect

  80. over·count

  81. over·cred·u·lous

  82. over·crit·i·cal

  83. over·cul·ti·va·tion

  84. over·cure

  85. over·dec·o·rate

  86. over·dec·o·ra·tion

  87. over·de·mand·ing

  88. over·de·pen·dence

  89. over·de·pen·dent

  90. over·dif·fer·en·ti·a·tion

  91. over·di·rect

  92. over·dis·count

  93. over·di·ver·si·ty

  94. over·doc·u·ment

  95. over·dra·mat·ic

  96. over·dra·ma·tize

  97. over·drink

  98. over·dry

  99. over·ea·ger

  100. over·ea·ger·ness

  101. over·ear·nest

  102. over·ed·it

  103. over·ed·u·cate

  104. over·ed·u·cat·ed

  105. over·ed·u·ca·tion

  106. over·elab·o·rate

  107. over·elab·o·ra·tion

  108. over·em·bel·lish

  109. over·emote

  110. over·emo·tion·al

  111. over·em·pha·sis

  112. over·em·pha·size

  113. over·em·phat·ic

  114. over·en·am·ored

  115. over·en·cour·age

  116. over·en·er·get·ic

  117. over·en·gi·neer

  118. over·en·rolled

  119. over·en·ter·tained

  120. over·en·thu·si·asm

  121. over·en·thu·si·as·tic

  122. over·equipped

  123. over·es·ti·mate

  124. over·es·ti·ma·tion

  125. over·eval·u·a·tion

  126. over·ex·ag·ger·ate

  127. over·ex·ag·ger·a·tion

  128. over·ex·cite

  129. over·ex·cit·ed

  130. over·ex·er·cise

  131. over·ex·ert

  132. over·ex·er·tion

  133. over·ex·pand

  134. over·ex·pan·sion

  135. over·ex·pec·ta·tion

  136. over·ex·plain

  137. over·ex·plic·it

  138. over·ex·ploit

  139. over·ex·ploi·ta·tion

  140. over·ex·trac·tion

  141. over·ex·trap·o·la·tion

  142. over·ex·trav·a·gant

  143. over·ex·u·ber·ant

  144. over·fac·ile

  145. over·fa·mil·iar

  146. over·fa·mil·iar·i·ty

  147. over·fas·tid·i·ous

  148. over·fat

  149. over·fa·vor

  150. over·fer·til·i·za·tion

  151. over·fer·til·ize

  152. over·fo·cus

  153. over·fond

  154. over·ful·fill

  155. over·fund

  156. over·fussy

  157. over·gen·er·al·i·za·tion

  158. over·gen·er·al·ize

  159. over·gen·er·os·i·ty

  160. over·gen·er·ous

  161. over·gen·er·ous·ly

  162. over·glam·or·ize

  163. over·gov·ern

  164. over·han·dle

  165. over·har·vest

  166. over·hasty

  167. over·ho·mog·e·nize

  168. over·hunt

  169. over·hunt·ing

  170. over·hype

  171. over·ide·al·ize

  172. over·iden·ti·fi·ca·tion

  173. over·iden·ti·fy

  174. over·imag·i·na·tive

  175. over·im·press

  176. over·in·debt·ed·ness

  177. over·in·dulge

  178. over·in·dul·gence

  179. over·in·dul·gent

  180. over·in·dus·tri·al·ize

  181. over·in·flate

  182. over·in·flat·ed

  183. over·in·fla·tion

  184. over·in·form

  185. over·in·formed

  186. over·in·ge·nious

  187. over·in·ge·nu·ity

  188. over·in·sis·tent

  189. over·in·tel·lec·tu·al·i·za·tion

  190. over·in·tel·lec·tu·al·ize

  191. over·in·tense

  192. over·in·ten·si·ty

  193. over·in·ter·pre·ta·tion

  194. over·in·vest·ment

  195. over·la·bor

  196. over·la·bored

  197. over·lad·en

  198. over·large

  199. over·lav·ish

  200. over·lend

  201. over·length

  202. over·length·en

  203. over·light

  204. over·lit·er·al

  205. over·lit·er·ary

  206. over·load

  207. over·long

  208. over·loud

  209. over·lush

  210. over·man·age

  211. over·man·nered

  212. over·ma·ture

  213. over·ma·tu·ri·ty

  214. over·med·i·cate

  215. over·med·i·ca·tion

  216. over·mighty

  217. over·milk

  218. over·mine

  219. over·mix

  220. over·mod·est

  221. over·mod·est·ly

  222. over·mus·cled

  223. over·nice

  224. over·nour·ish

  225. over·nu·tri·tion

  226. over·ob·vi·ous

  227. over·op·er·ate

  228. over·opin·ion·at·ed

  229. over·op·ti·mism

  230. over·op·ti·mist

  231. over·op·ti·mis·tic

  232. over·op·ti·mis·ti·cal·ly

  233. over·or·ches·trate

  234. over·or·ga·nize

  235. over·or·ga·nized

  236. over·or·na·ment

  237. over·pack·age

  238. over·par·tic·u·lar

  239. over·pay

  240. over·pay·ment

  241. over·ped·al

  242. over·peo·ple

  243. over·plan

  244. over·plant

  245. over·plot

  246. over·po·tent

  247. over·praise

  248. over·pre·cise

  249. over·pre·scribe

  250. over·pre·scrip·tion

  251. over·priv·i·leged

  252. over·prize

  253. over·pro·cess

  254. over·pro·duce

  255. over·pro·duc·tion

  256. over·pro·gram

  257. over·prom·ise

  258. over·pro·mote

  259. over·pro·tect

  260. over·pro·tec·tion

  261. over·pro·tec·tive

  262. over·pro·tec·tive·ness

  263. over·pump

  264. over·re·act

  265. over·re·ac·tion

  266. over·re·fined

  267. over·re·fine·ment

  268. over·reg·u·late

  269. over·reg·u·la·tion

  270. over·re·li·ance

  271. over·re·port

  272. over·re·spond

  273. over·rich

  274. over·rig·id

  275. over·salt

  276. over·san·guine

  277. over·sat·u·rate

  278. over·sat·u·ra·tion

  279. over·sauce

  280. over·scru·pu·lous

  281. over·se·cre·tion

  282. over·sen·si·tive

  283. over·sen·si·tive·ness

  284. over·sen·si·tiv·i·ty

  285. over·se·ri·ous

  286. over·se·ri·ous·ly

  287. over·ser·vice

  288. over·sim·plis·tic

  289. over·smoke

  290. over·so·lic·i·tous

  291. over·so·phis·ti·cat·ed

  292. over·spe·cial·i·za·tion

  293. over·spe·cial·ize

  294. over·spec·u·late

  295. over·spec·u·la·tion

  296. over·sta·bil·i·ty

  297. over·staff

  298. over·stim·u·late

  299. over·stim·u·la·tion

  300. over·stock

  301. over·strain

  302. over·stress

  303. over·stretch

  304. over·struc·tured

  305. over·sub·tle

  306. over·suds

  307. over·sup·ply

  308. over·sus·pi·cious

  309. over·sweet

  310. over·sweet·en

  311. over·sweet·ness

  312. over·swing

  313. over·talk

  314. over·talk·a·tive

  315. over·tax

  316. over·tax·a·tion

  317. over·thin

  318. over·think

  319. over·tight·en

  320. over·tip

  321. over·tired

  322. over·train

  323. over·treat

  324. over·treat·ment

  325. over·use

  326. over·uti·li·za·tion

  327. over·uti·lize

  328. over·vi·o·lent

  329. over·viv·id

  330. over·wa·ter

  331. over·wea·ry

  332. over·wind

  333. over·with·hold

  334. over·zeal·ous

  335. over·zeal·ous·ness




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