over·bear | \ ˌō-vər-ˈber \
overbore\ˌō-vər-ˈbȯr \; overborne\ˌō-vər-ˈbȯrn \ also overborn\ˌō-vər-ˈbȯrn \; 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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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 In an attempt to appease to LaVar Ball’s overbearing demands since arriving to Lithuania, Vytautas Prienai head coach Virginijus Seskus gave LaVar a one-game spot as an assistant coach for Vytautas’s Big Baller Challenge exhibition on Tuesday. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Vytautas 'assistant coach' LaVar Ball rips into player during timeout," 23 Jan. 2018 The smoke kiss is evident, but not overbearing, providing a fun twist. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Rusty Bucket BBQ," 9 Feb. 2018 On my visit, the service was overbearing without being particularly sympathetic; the food familiar yet strangely discordant. Chris Ying, San Francisco Chronicle, "All Consuming: Where is the Chinese haute cuisine in America?," 9 Feb. 2018 Any suggestions for how to support her from a distance without being intruding or overbearing? Carolyn Hax, idahostatesman, "College jitters or cause for concern?," 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of overbear

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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