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

Examples of overbear in a Sentence

that year the football team simply overbore opponent after opponent with steamroller ruthlessness
Recent Examples on the Web The tip is to be positive but not overbearing with the throttle and brakes, and firm yet flexible with the steering. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, 22 May 2020 It's infused with rose petal, bergamot peel, and chamomile bud—the perfect combination to perk up your skin and mood without being overbearing on your travel companion (or housemate). Jane Sung, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 May 2020 But experts say that in epidemics, overbearing measures can backfire, scaring infected people into hiding and making the outbreak harder to control. Paul Mozur, New York Times, 10 Mar. 2020 When Ben's widowed father starts dating the home's creator, the house, depicted by a computerized housekeeper named Pat, gets jealous and becomes an aggressive, overbearing mother. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, 26 Feb. 2020 Jefferson Mays will play the pompous mayor of River City, Iowa, with Jayne Houdyshell as his overbearing wife Mrs. Shinn. David Rooney, Billboard, 5 Sep. 2019 Stritch was labeled unreliable for being late and forgetting lines, and could be arrogant, self-centered and overbearing with colleagues. Brooke Lefferts, chicagotribune.com, 21 Oct. 2019 Aromas of truffles and autumn leaves, flavors of dark cherries and plums — all pinot noir signatures — are held together by noticeable, though not overbearing, acidity. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2019 Compared to other kingdoms in Europe, which were ruled by overbearing monarchs and aristocrats, the British monarchy was not that bad. Eliga Gould, The Conversation, 3 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of overbear

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Overbear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overbear. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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