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over

adverb \ ˈō-vər \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of over

1 a :across a barrier or intervening (see intervene 4) space; especially :across the goal line in football
  • threw the ball over
b :forward beyond an edge or brink and often down
  • wandered too near the cliff and fell over
c :across the brim
  • soup boiled over
d :so as to bring the underside up
  • turned his cards over
e :from a vertical to a prone or inclined position
  • knocked the lamp over
f :from one person or side to another
  • hand it over
g :across
  • got his point over
h :to one's home
  • invite some friends over
i :on the other side of an intervening (see intervene 4) space
  • the next town over
j :to agreement or concord
  • won them over
2 a (1) :beyond some quantity, limit, or norm often by a specified amount or to a specified degree
  • show ran a minute over
(2) :in an excessive manner :inordinately
  • over-conservative traditionalists
  • —John Arlott
b :till a later time (such as the next day) :overnight
  • stay over
  • sleep over
3 a :above
  • The plane was directly over.
b :so as to cover the whole surface
  • windows boarded over
4 used on a two-way radio circuit to indicate that a message is complete and a reply is expected
5 a :through
  • read it over
; also :in an intensive or comprehensive manner
  • talked the matter over with his wife
b :once more :again
  • do it over
  • Let's start over from the beginning.

Examples of over in a Sentence

  1. The wall's too high for us to climb over.

  2. We came to a stream and jumped over.

  3. She leaned over and kissed him.

  4. She knocked over the lamp.

  5. A couple of trees fell over during the storm.

  6. The baby rolled over onto his stomach.

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Origin and Etymology of over

Middle English, adverb & preposition, from Old English ofer; akin to Old High German ubar (preposition) above, beyond, over, Latin super, Greek hyper


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over

preposition

Definition of over

1 used as a function word to indicate motion or situation in a position higher than or above another
  • towered over his mother
  • flew over the lake
  • rode over the old Roman road
2 a used as a function word to indicate the possession of authority, power, or jurisdiction in regard to some thing or person
  • respected those over him
b used as a function word to indicate superiority, advantage, or preference
  • a big lead over the others
c used as a function word to indicate one that is overcome, circumvented, or disregarded
  • passed over the governor's veto
3 a :more than
  • cost over $5
b :above 4
4 a used as a function word to indicate position upon or movement down upon
  • laid a blanket over the child
  • hit him over the head
b (1) :all through or throughout
  • showed me over the house
  • went over his notes
(2) used as a function word connecting one mathematical set and another whose elements are coefficients or values of parameters used to form elements of the first set
  • polynomials over the field of real numbers
c used as a function word to indicate a particular medium or channel of communication
  • over the radio
5 used as a function word to indicate position on or motion to the other side or beyond
  • lives over the way
  • fell over the edge
6 a :throughout, during
  • over the past 25 years
b :until the end of
  • stay over Sunday
7 a used as a function word to indicate an object of solicitude, interest, consideration, or reference
  • the Lord watches over his own
b used as a function word to indicate the object of an expressed or implied occupation, activity, or concern
  • trouble over money
  • met with advisers over lunch

Examples of over in a Sentence

  1. The sun's coming up over the mountain.

  2. She looked at him over the top of her glasses.

  3. Their balcony looks out over the city.

  4. He looked over the fence.

  5. A plane was flying low over the trees.

  6. The meat was cooked over an open fire.

  7. She slung the bag over her shoulder.

  8. His hat was pulled low over his eyes.

  9. Throw the rocks over the side of the boat.

  10. He fell over the cliff's edge.

Origin and Etymology of over

see 1over

over Synonyms

Synonyms
above
Antonyms
below, beneath, under
Related Words
atop
Near Antonyms
underneath

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over

adjective

Definition of over

1 a :upper, higher
c :excessive
  • over imagination
2 a :not used up :remaining
  • something over to provide for unusual requirements
  • —J. A. Todd
b :having or showing an excess or surplus
3 :being at an end
  • the day is over
4 :fried on both sides
  • ordered two eggs over
over easy
:fried on one side then turned and fried lightly on the other side
  • eggs over easy

Examples of over in a Sentence

  1. When is this class over?

  2. And before we knew it, the storm was over.

  3. When it's over, it's over. You don't get a second chance.

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Origin and Etymology of over

see 1over


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over

verb

Definition of over

overed; overing play \ˈō-və-riŋ, ˈōv-riŋ\
transitive verb
:to leap over

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Origin and Etymology of over

see 1over


over-

prefix

Definition of over-

1 :so as to exceed or surpass
  • overachieve
2 :excessive
  • overstimulation
3 :to an excessive degree
  • overthin
  • overabstract
  • overabundance
  • overabundant
  • overaccentuate
  • overadjustment
  • overadvertise
  • overaggressive
  • overalert
  • overambitious
  • overambitiousness
  • overamplified
  • overanalysis
  • overanalytical
  • overanalyze
  • overanxiety
  • overanxious
  • overapplication
  • overarousal
  • overarrange
  • overarticulate
  • overassert
  • overassertion
  • overassertive
  • overassessment
  • overattention
  • overbake
  • overbeat
  • overbejeweled
  • overbill
  • overbleach
  • overboil
  • overbold
  • overborrow
  • overbreathing
  • overbrief
  • overbright
  • overbroad
  • overbrowse
  • overbrutal
  • overburn
  • overbusy
  • overcareful
  • overcaution
  • overcautious
  • overcentralization
  • overcentralize
  • overchill
  • overcivilized
  • overclaim
  • overclassification
  • overclassify
  • overclean
  • overclear
  • overcoach
  • overcommercialization
  • overcommercialize
  • overcommunicate
  • overcommunication
  • overcomplex
  • overcompliance
  • overcomplicate
  • overcomplicated
  • overcompress
  • overconcentration
  • overconcern
  • overconcerned
  • overconfidence
  • overconfident
  • overconfidently
  • overconscientious
  • overconscious
  • overconservative
  • overconstruct
  • overconsume
  • overconsumption
  • overcontrol
  • overcook
  • overcool
  • overcorrect
  • overcount
  • overcredulous
  • overcritical
  • overcultivation
  • overcure
  • overdecorate
  • overdecoration
  • overdemanding
  • overdependence
  • overdependent
  • overdifferentiation
  • overdirect
  • overdiscount
  • overdiversity
  • overdocument
  • overdramatic
  • overdramatize
  • overdrink
  • overdry
  • overeager
  • overeagerness
  • overearnest
  • overedit
  • overeducate
  • overeducated
  • overeducation
  • overelaborate
  • overelaboration
  • overembellish
  • overemote
  • overemotional
  • overemphasis
  • overemphasize
  • overemphatic
  • overenamored
  • overencourage
  • overenergetic
  • overengineer
  • overenrolled
  • overentertained
  • overenthusiasm
  • overenthusiastic
  • overequipped
  • overestimate
  • overestimation
  • overevaluation
  • overexaggerate
  • overexaggeration
  • overexcite
  • overexcited
  • overexercise
  • overexpand
  • overexpansion
  • overexpectation
  • overexplain
  • overexplicit
  • overexploit
  • overexploitation
  • overextraction
  • overextrapolation
  • overextravagant
  • overexuberant
  • overfacile
  • overfamiliar
  • overfamiliarity
  • overfastidious
  • overfat
  • overfavor
  • overfertilization
  • overfertilize
  • overfocus
  • overfond
  • overfulfill
  • overfund
  • overfussy
  • overgeneralization
  • overgeneralize
  • overgenerosity
  • overgenerous
  • overgenerously
  • overglamorize
  • overgovern
  • overhandle
  • overharvest
  • overhasty
  • overhomogenize
  • overhunt
  • overhunting
  • overhype
  • overidealize
  • overidentification
  • overidentify
  • overimaginative
  • overimpress
  • overindebtedness
  • overindulge
  • overindulgence
  • overindulgent
  • overindustrialize
  • overinflate
  • overinflated
  • overinflation
  • overinform
  • overinformed
  • overingenious
  • overingenuity
  • overinsistent
  • overintellectualization
  • overintellectualize
  • overintense
  • overintensity
  • overinterpretation
  • overinvestment
  • overlabor
  • overlabored
  • overladen
  • overlarge
  • overlavish
  • overlend
  • overlength
  • overlengthen
  • overlight
  • overliteral
  • overliterary
  • overlong
  • overloud
  • overlush
  • overmanage
  • overmannered
  • overmature
  • overmaturity
  • overmedicate
  • overmedication
  • overmighty
  • overmilk
  • overmine
  • overmix
  • overmodest
  • overmodestly
  • overmuscled
  • overnice
  • overnourish
  • overnutrition
  • overobvious
  • overoperate
  • overopinionated
  • overoptimism
  • overoptimist
  • overoptimistic
  • overoptimistically
  • overorchestrate
  • overorganize
  • overorganized
  • overornament
  • overpackage
  • overparticular
  • overpay
  • overpayment
  • overpedal
  • overpeople
  • overplan
  • overplant
  • overplot
  • overpotent
  • overpraise
  • overprecise
  • overprescribe
  • overprescription
  • overprivileged
  • overprize
  • overprocess
  • overproduce
  • overproduction
  • overprogram
  • overpromise
  • overpromote
  • overprotect
  • overprotection
  • overprotective
  • overprotectiveness
  • overpump
  • overreact
  • overreaction
  • overreactive
  • overrefined
  • overrefinement
  • overregulate
  • overregulation
  • overreliance
  • overreport
  • overrespond
  • overrich
  • overrigid
  • oversalt
  • oversanguine
  • oversaturate
  • oversaturation
  • oversauce
  • overscrupulous
  • oversecretion
  • oversensitive
  • oversensitiveness
  • oversensitivity
  • overserious
  • overseriously
  • overservice
  • oversimplistic
  • oversmoke
  • oversolicitous
  • oversophisticated
  • overspecialization
  • overspecialize
  • overspeculate
  • overspeculation
  • overstability
  • overstaff
  • overstock
  • overstrain
  • overstress
  • overstretch
  • overstructured
  • oversubtle
  • oversuds
  • oversupply
  • oversuspicious
  • oversweet
  • oversweeten
  • oversweetness
  • overswing
  • overtalk
  • overtalkative
  • overtax
  • overtaxation
  • overthin
  • overtighten
  • overtip
  • overtired
  • overtrain
  • overtreat
  • overtreatment
  • overuse
  • overutilization
  • overutilize
  • overviolent
  • overvivid
  • overwater
  • overweary
  • overwind
  • overwithhold


OVER Defined for English Language Learners

over

adverb

Definition of over for English Language Learners

  • : in an upward and forward direction across something

  • : downward from an upright position

  • : downward to a flat or horizontal position


over

preposition

Definition of over for English Language Learners

  • : from, to, or at a place that is higher than (someone or something)

  • : on top of (something) : so as to cover (something)

  • : beyond and down from (something)


over

adjective

Definition of over for English Language Learners

  • : having reached the end


over-

prefix

Definition of over- for English Language Learners

  • : too much or too great

  • : so as to be better or beyond

  • : very or extremely


OVER Defined for Kids

1

over

adverb \ ˈō-vər \

Definition of over for Students

1 :across a barrier or space
  • Just climb over.
  • Can you move over?
2 :in a direction down or forward and down
  • It fell over.
3 :across the brim
  • The soup boiled over.
4 :so as to bring the underside up
  • Turn the cards over.
5 :from one person or side to another
  • Hand it over.
6 :to someone's home
  • I asked them over.
7 :beyond a limit
  • The show ran a minute over.
8 :more than needed
  • She has food left over.
9 :once more :again
  • Please do it over.
10 :1overnight 1
  • Can I sleep over?
over and over
:many times

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over

preposition

Definition of over for Students

1 :above in place :higher than
  • He towered over us.
2 :above in power or value
  • I respect those over me.
3 :in front of
  • We have a big lead over the others.
4 :more than
  • It costs over five dollars.
5 :down upon
  • He hit me over the head.
6 :all through or throughout
  • “… our dad gets to travel all over the country …”
  • —Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not Buddy
7 :on or along the surface of
  • Glide over the ice.
8 :on or to the other side of :across
  • Jump over the puddle.
9 :down from the top or edge of
  • He fell over the edge.
10 :having to do with
  • They are still arguing over it.

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over

adjective

Definition of over for Students

1 :being more than needed or expected
  • The balance was three dollars over.
2 :brought or come to an end
  • Those days are over.

over-

prefix \ ˈō-vər , ˌō-vər \

Definition of over- for Students

:more than usual, normal, or proper
  • overload
  • oversize

Law Dictionary

over

adjective

legal Definition of over

:based on the termination or failure of a prior estate
  • a limitation over
— see also gift over at gift


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