\ ˈō-vər How to pronounce over (audio) \

Definition of over

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a : across a barrier or intervening (see intervene sense 4) space especially : across the goal line in football threw the ball over
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 (see intervene sense 4) space the next town over
j : to agreement or concord won them over
2a(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 over-conservative traditionalists— John Arlott
b : till a later time (such as the next day) : overnight stay over sleep over
3a : above The plane was directly over.
b : so as to cover the whole surface windows boarded over
4 used on a two-way radio circuit to indicate that a message is complete and a reply is expected
5a : through read it over also : in an intensive or comprehensive manner talked the matter over with his wife
b : once more : again do it over Let's start over from the beginning.

Definition of over (Entry 2 of 5)

1 used as a function word to indicate motion or situation in a position higher than or above another towered over his motherflew over the lakerode over the old Roman road
2a 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
3a : more than cost over $5
4a used as a function word to indicate position upon or movement down upon laid a blanket over the childhit 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
5a used as a function word to indicate position on or motion to the other side or beyond lives over the wayfell over the edge
b : past or beyond (something) : done with and no longer experiencing On that day Lily was over the worst of the fever, and he had been able to tell Mrs. Dale that he did not think that she was now in danger.— Anthony Trollope
c : no longer interested in or concerned about (someone or something) … she had already filed New York State paperwork for a legal separation and was constantly on the phone with her new, non-Catholic, nonmusical boyfriend in Manhattan, reassuring him, every day, that she was so, so over Stephen.— Jonathan Franzen I think I'm over "It's a Wonderful Life," at least for this year. Fortunately, there is another classic Jimmy Stewart Christmas film to enjoy.— Jay Powell
6a : throughout, during over the past 25 years
b : until the end of stay over Sunday
7a 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 moneymet with advisers over lunch



Definition of over (Entry 3 of 5)

1a : upper, higher
c : excessive over imagination
2a : not used up : remaining something over to provide for unusual requirements— J. A. Todd
b : having or showing an excess or surplus
3 : being at an end the day is over
4 : fried on both sides ordered two eggs over
5 : no longer current, popular, or fashionable Over nearly two decades, the once funky Savoy has quietly grown up in SoHo. But as the fickle glitterati have begun to spurn the area for being "so over," Savoy has only gotten more self-assured.Gourmet
over easy
: fried on one side then turned and fried lightly on the other side eggs over easy


overed; overing\ ˈō-​və-​riŋ How to pronounce over (audio) , ˈōv-​riŋ \

Definition of over (Entry 4 of 5)

transitive verb

: to leap over



Definition of over- (Entry 5 of 5)

1 : so as to exceed or surpass overachieve
2 : excessive overstimulation
3 : to an excessive degree overthin

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Synonyms & Antonyms for over

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Preposition

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Preposition

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of over in a Sentence

Adverb The wall's too high for us to climb over. We came to a stream and jumped over. She leaned over and kissed him. She knocked over the lamp. A couple of trees fell over during the storm. The baby rolled over onto his stomach. Preposition The sun's coming up over the mountain. She looked at him over the top of her glasses. Their balcony looks out over the city. He looked over the fence. A plane was flying low over the trees. The meat was cooked over an open fire. She slung the bag over her shoulder. His hat was pulled low over his eyes. Throw the rocks over the side of the boat. He fell over the cliff's edge. Adjective When is this class over? And before we knew it, the storm was over. When it's over, it's over. You don't get a second chance.
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Some say it's an infringement of rights.," 29 Mar. 2021 The two budget proposals released by House and Senate Republicans this week would spend some $55 billion over the next two years and gut the state business and occupation tax for manufacturers. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Washington Democrats cast their budget bet on a capital gains tax," 29 Mar. 2021 There are essentially two kinds of Orioles position players over the last few years: inexpensive free agents or waiver claims, and guys who were here before. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Is the Orioles’ rebuild on track? From prospects to player development to scouting, here’s where things stand.," 29 Mar. 2021 Voting rights have become increasingly central to the Democratic Party's political platform over the past few years as activists have pressed lawmakers to take tougher stands on civil rights issues. 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First Known Use of over


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for over

Adverb, Preposition, Adjective, and Verb

Middle English, adverb & preposition, from Old English ofer; akin to Old High German ubar (preposition) above, beyond, over, Latin super, Greek hyper

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The first known use of over was before the 12th century

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“Over.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/over. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of over

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: in an upward and forward direction across something
: downward from an upright position
: downward to a flat or horizontal position

English Language Learners Definition of over (Entry 2 of 4)

: 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)



English Language Learners Definition of over (Entry 3 of 4)

: having reached the end



English Language Learners Definition of over- (Entry 4 of 4)

: too much or too great
: so as to be better or beyond
: very or extremely


\ ˈō-vər How to pronounce over (audio) \

Kids Definition of over

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : across a barrier or space Just climb over. Can you move over?
2 : in a direction down or forward and down It fell over.
3 : across the brim The soup boiled over.
4 : so as to bring the underside up Turn the cards over.
5 : from one person or side to another Hand it over.
6 : to someone's home I asked them over.
7 : beyond a limit The show ran a minute over.
8 : more than needed She has food left over.
9 : once more : again Please do it over.
10 : overnight entry 1 sense 1 Can I sleep over?
over and over
: many times

Kids Definition of over (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : above in place : higher than He towered over us.
2 : above in power or value I respect those over me.
3 : in front of We have a big lead over the others.
4 : more than It costs over five dollars.
5 : down upon He hit me over the head.
6 : all through or throughout “… our dad gets to travel all over the country …”— Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not Buddy
7 : on or along the surface of Glide over the ice.
8 : on or to the other side of : across Jump over the puddle.
9 : down from the top or edge of He fell over the edge.
10 : having to do with They are still arguing over it.



Kids Definition of over (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : being more than needed or expected The balance was three dollars over.
2 : brought or come to an end Those days are over.


\ ˈō-vər, ˌō-vər \

Kids Definition of over-

: more than usual, normal, or proper overload oversize



Legal Definition of over

: based on the termination or failure of a prior estate a limitation over — see also gift over at gift

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