overbear

verb over·bear \ ˌō-vər-ˈber \
|Updated on: 11 Jul 2018

Definition of overbear

overbore play \ˌō-vər-ˈbȯr\; overborne play \ˌō-vər-ˈbȯrn\ also overborn play \ˌō-vər-ˈbȯrn\; overbearing
1 : to bring down by superior weight or force : overwhelm
2 a : to domineer over
b : to surpass in importance or cogency : outweigh

Examples of overbear in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of overbear

1535

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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