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
Recent Examples on the Web Stritch was labeled unreliable for being late and forgetting lines, and could be arrogant, self-centered and overbearing with colleagues. Brooke Lefferts, chicagotribune.com, "‘Still Here’: Elaine Stritch bio reveals vulnerability behind the moxy," 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, "For Burgundy’s best-value wines, look south," 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, "The American Founders made sure the president could never suspend Congress," 3 Sep. 2019 Those volunteers are good at striking a balance of being available for folks who need them but are not overbearing, Hahn said. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "‘The Lion King’ sensory-friendly performance set for Saturday," 28 Aug. 2019 Madison Pullins impishly misbehaves as youngest sister Lydia and is unconvincingly haughty as the overbearing Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Shakespeare’s twins, Jane Austen romance delight in Santa Cruz," 31 July 2019 The character, as Constance mentioned earlier in the season, almost plays like a parody of overbearing male feminism that silences women’s voices in its rush to speak on their behalf. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Handmaid’s Tale resumes an earlier storyline in jarring fashion," 24 July 2019 In the case of Grievous, what’s most salient, from the first page to the last, is the author’s immense confidence, serene rather than overbearing: confidence in herself and the strength of her material but also confidence in her readers. John Wilson, National Review, "H. S. Cross’s Absorbing World," 11 July 2019 Assuming that all Jews love gefilte fish, play klezmer music, and suffer overbearing mothers? Abigail Shrier, WSJ, "Democrats and Anti-Semitism," 12 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of overbear

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Jan 2020

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“Overbear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overbore. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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