\ 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 anothertowered 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 personrespected those over him
b used as a function word to indicate superiority, advantage, or preferencea big lead over the others
c used as a function word to indicate one that is overcome, circumvented, or disregardedpassed over the governor's veto
3a : more than cost over $5
4a used as a function word to indicate position upon or movement down uponlaid 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 setpolynomials over the field of real numbers
c used as a function word to indicate a particular medium or channel of communicationover the radio
5a used as a function word to indicate position on or motion to the other side or beyondlives 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 referencethe Lord watches over his own
b used as a function word to indicate the object of an expressed or implied occupation, activity, or concerntrouble over moneymet with advisers over lunch

Definition of over (Entry 3 of 5)

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 overing (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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Turn again, move over indirect heat, and brush with remaining sauce. Rick Martinez, Bon Appetit, "Spicy Grilled Cauliflower Steaks," 29 Aug. 2017 The fun part was just that all of our teammates were over at the movie theater (to watch the fight) having a good time; their wives, girlfriends, and all of that. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "About that Russell Wilson/The Money Team picture. …," 28 Aug. 2017 Justin Graham and Pam Statz also lived in a small house that didn't leave too much room to invite friends and family over. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Get inside 24 rentable granny flats: Portland's Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour (photos)," 28 Aug. 2017 As Albert Einstein said, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. Dan Labbe, cleveland.com, "Joe Thomas ranked No. 16 on ESPN's top 100 NFL players list," 28 Aug. 2017 Four rounds of chemotherapy had left her numb in places and weak all over, and with sores forming in her mouth. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Her season lost to cancer, Roncalli athlete runs one last race — for Audrey," 26 Aug. 2017 AHAVA’s Diamond Glow Luxurious Day Cream utilizes actual diamond dust to impart an all-over radiant glow to the skin. Wendy Gould, Allure, "12 Luxury Beauty Launches to Satisfy Your Inner Rich Bitch This Fall," 24 Aug. 2017 An older man rushed over to hold Powe, a friend of his. John Diedrich, jsonline.com, "'No face, no case': How one man tried to permanently silence the witnesses to his crimes," 18 Aug. 2017 All over, gas stations are being bulldozed to make way for new mixed-use apartment buildings in growing neighborhoods like Hollywood and Koreatown. Neal Broverman, Los Angeles Magazine, "Developers Have Uncovered a Brilliant Use for LA’s Old Gas Stations," 16 Aug. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective These reward centers often get worse over time as the brain becomes chemically imbalanced due to addictive substances. Coral Murphy, USA TODAY, "'Cyborg' technology aims to reduce the opioid epidemic one chip at a time," 20 Jan. 2020 The work has developed incrementally over time as scientists take down obstacles one by one using cutting-edge technology. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The Tantalizing Promise of Blue Energy," 5 Dec. 2019 In other cases, Nubank hedges by offering a line of credit as low as $10 to start, increasing the amount over time as customers build up a history of good payments. Julianne Pepitone, CNN, "One of Latin America's most valuable startups is changing the way Brazilians bank," 6 Dec. 2019 The transactions grew over time as balance sheets flush with cash and income statements desperate for growth created a perfect storm, which more often than not was stoked by pliable regulators. Washington Post, "Elizabeth Warren Wants to Spoil the Megamerger Party," 5 Dec. 2019 Someday, Johnson will decide his coaching days are over and retire. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "The Ohio State Buckeye who spurned a Michigan recruiting pipeline," 28 Nov. 2019 To add balance to the look, Jenner kept the rest of her makeup fresh and minimal, with nude-pink glossy lips, a light contour, some rosy blush, and an all-over sweep of bronzer to add warmth and definition. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Kendall Jenner Wears Subtle Makeup, a Ponytail, and Pants to the 2018 Met Gala," 7 May 2018 Gigi's all-over blonde tone is a bit creamier in certain areas. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Bella and Gigi Hadid Are Blonde Hair Twins at the 2019 VMAs," 27 Aug. 2019 Uber could send the $24.4 billion from the U.S. to the Netherlands over time as license fees use of the IP, shifting what otherwise would be profits in the U.S. to the Dutch division that wouldn't owe taxes itself. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "Uber Could Save Billions in Taxes With This Little-Noticed Move," 9 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Russia-Alaska seafood trade remains a one-way street benefiting Russia," 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, "Lindsey Graham says Republicans will question House impeachment Democrats about whistleblower coordination," 24 Jan. 2020 Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture until just combined, being careful not to over mix. Darlene, Detroit Free Press, "Baking soda vs. baking powder: Here's the difference," 19 Oct. 2019 One area overs parts of Chilton and extreme southern Shelby counties. Leigh Morgan, al, "Drought conditions improve in some parts of Alabama but stubbornly hang on for others," 31 Oct. 2019 Not long after, the Los Angeles Times posted a forty-four-page memo outlining an ambitious $490 million initiative spearheaded by the Broad Foundation to more than double the number of local charter schools, to over five hundred. Andrea Gabor, Harper's magazine, "The K-12 Takeover," 28 Oct. 2019 Inside, many of the 104 units, ranging from $2.3 million to over $20 million, have traditional layouts recalling the work of Rosario Candela — the architect known for the sumptuous design of buildings like 740 Park Avenue and 960 Fifth Avenue. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "The Return of Golden Age Design," 18 Oct. 2019 The settlement, finalized in July, does not require the county to admit wrongdoing, and overs all current and future legal action related to the allegations. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Contra Costa settles religious discrimination suit against DA office," 23 Aug. 2019 That's the sort of effect that music can have over time. NBC News, "Lack motivation? Try this summer workout playlist, backed by science," 29 July 2019

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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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Cite this Entry

“Over.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/over. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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How to pronounce over- (audio)

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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