over·​bear | \ ˌō-vər-ˈber How to pronounce overbear (audio) \
overbore\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈbȯr How to pronounce overbore (audio) \; overborne\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈbȯrn How to pronounce overborne (audio) \ also overborn\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈbȯrn How to pronounce overborn (audio) \; overbearing

Definition of overbear

transitive verb

1 : to bring down by superior weight or force : overwhelm
2a : to domineer over
b : to surpass in importance or cogency : outweigh

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Examples of overbear in a Sentence

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

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Assuming that all Jews love gefilte fish, play klezmer music, and suffer overbearing mothers? Abigail Shrier, WSJ, "Democrats and Anti-Semitism," 12 Feb. 2019 The security-force assistance troops are trained to operate in a spartan environment without overbearing logistical and security support, but Sgt. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "American Soldier Killed in Insider Attack in Afghanistan," 5 Sep. 2018 Stevie for her shawls, chiffon, fringe, and gold crescent chains; my mom for her bright bold pantsuits and overbearing clip-on earrings of yore. Jessica Militare, Glamour, "The Case for Clip-on Earrings, Inspired by My Mom’s Gaudy Jewelry Collection," 30 Aug. 2018 When Ben's widowed father starts dating the home's creator, the house, depicted by a computerized house keeper named Pat, gets jealous and becomes an aggressive, overbearing mother. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "The 20 Best Disney Channel Movies of All Time," 30 July 2018 Freed from overbearing parents, the new entities become more efficient at allocating capital. The Economist, "John Flannery gets down to business restructuring General Electric," 27 June 2018 There’s no fretting over Sarah Paulson’s kids, or Rihanna’s sister, or Mindy Kaling’s stereotypically overbearing Indian mother. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "And that’s exactly what it should be.," 7 June 2018 The concept of the Tiger Mom was no doubt popularized by Chua, but the idea of the harsh, overbearing Chinese mother has been around for much longer. refinery29.com, "Why We Hate (And Love) The Tiger Mom," 12 May 2018 The narrative often is overbearing with bravado and machismo. Don Oldenburg, USA TODAY, "'Hunting El Chapo' tells exciting true story of notorious drug lord's capture," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of overbear

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of overbear was in 1535

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