\ 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Restrainers, by contrast, understand that the American Century is over. Daniel Bessner, Harper’s Magazine , 22 June 2022 But Orlando’s draft night won’t be over after making its decision with the No. 1 pick. Khobi Price, Orlando Sentinel, 21 June 2022 Accent walls aren’t necessarily over, but their popularity is starting to wane. Amanda Lauren, Forbes, 20 June 2022 Breeding season is over, the pups are out of the den and the dogs are roaming across their 116-square-mile home range with predatory brio. New York Times, 20 June 2022 Mary Kay Cabot, Scott Patsko and Dan Labbe took a look at the state of the Browns roster now that minicamp is over. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 20 June 2022 During one of the many tears, Kerr looked at the Boston crowd and gave the look of going to sleep, as in it is over. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 20 June 2022 Lawmakers and witnesses are warning that the threat is not over. CBS News, 19 June 2022 This year, Buffalo residents are taking this moment of grief and heartache and using Juneteenth as a way to remind the world that racial injustice is not over in this country. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 18 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition These might include a qualification algorithm to unveil which lending product best matches a particular borrower, or a loan affordability algorithm, or a debt spiral protection algorithm to avoid over-indebtedness. Michel Kilzi, Forbes, 22 June 2022 Going from the west coast of South America and Arica, the northern tip of Chile, up and over the Andes was a very stupid idea. Tamara Hardingham-gill, CNN, 22 June 2022 Notably for vino lovers, the golden cooler can hold not one but two bottles—great for having friends over (or just a very happening party of one). Helena Madden, ELLE Decor, 22 June 2022 As in Melville’s moment, when dealing with counterfeit bills was the price of dealing with money, being scammed is now the price of doing business on the internet and over the phone. Hannah Zeavin, Harper’s Magazine , 22 June 2022 Kim Kardashian appeared on the Today Show this morning and spoke in candid detail about her over six-month relationship with Pete Davidson. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 22 June 2022 On Sunday, March 7, 1965, John Lewis, then the organization’s 25-year-old chair, began leading 600 marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge—a crossing out of Selma and over the Alabama River named for a Confederate brigadier general. Nathan Heller, Vogue, 22 June 2022 Directors will fight over who gets to use it in inspirational movie montages. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 22 June 2022 In September 2019, two Kentucky students sued the university, its board of trustees, athletic director Mitch Barnhart and President Eli Capilouto over claims that UK had to add roughly 183 women to its athletics programs to comply with Title IX. Brooks Holton, The Courier-Journal, 22 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective These all-over lace styles provide full coverage without any pinching or constraining seams. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 May 2022 Sports betting websites who tracked season-long results, including covers.com and scoresandodds.com, reveal a staggering 65% of favorites won their games this season and 53% of games eclipsed the over total. Lance Pugmire, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 Keep in mind the only time the over hit was when the Bulls pulled off a massive Game 2 upset by shooting 49.4% from the floor (48% from three-point range). Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 25 Apr. 2022 Ryann Ford All-over pattern doesn’t verge into heavy territory, thanks to a white ground and a sweet floral print. Anna Fixsen, ELLE Decor, 13 May 2022 For an all-over ethereal look, stick to a soft peachy palette. Allure, 3 May 2022 For this special ceremony, Amrit wore a nude lace saree with all-over sequin embroidery by Seema Gujral. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 5 May 2022 The dark window frame and flooring made of local brown stone give contrast to the all-over white of French designer Christian Liaigre’s St. Barts beach home. Kelsey Mulvey, ELLE Decor, 3 May 2022 But, on the other side, the headpiece looks completely different — large and small candy apple-red roses shine, bringing this all-over red ensemble together. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 2 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb He's edged out by Jack Ma, founder of the e-commerce firm Alibaba and China's second-richest person, who saw his net worth grow by $3 billion to over $41 billion in the same period. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 27 May 2020 Combining salt with other seasonings, like herbs and spices, can also help reduce the need to over sprinkle. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, 6 Apr. 2020 Polar Bear Nylon Solar Backpack Light, simple to carry, difficult to over pack and insulated enough for a full day at the beach, this might be the perfect backpack cooler. Christine Ryan, New York Times, 10 Aug. 2019 Since then, the number of cases has exploded to over a quarter of a million. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 3 Apr. 2020 The trade imbalance will only get worse, the ASMI report said, as Russia aims to nearly double the value of its global seafood exports by 2024 to over $8 billion. Anchorage Daily News, 18 Feb. 2020 The president’s legal team has 24 hours to over a three-day period to give its case. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, 24 Jan. 2020 Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture until just combined, being careful not to over mix. Darlene, Detroit Free Press, 19 Oct. 2019 One area overs parts of Chilton and extreme southern Shelby counties. Leigh Morgan, al, 31 Oct. 2019 See More

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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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\ 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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