over·​win·​ter | \ ˌō-vər-ˈwin-tər How to pronounce overwinter (audio) \
overwintered; overwintering; overwinters

Definition of overwinter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to last through or pass the winter



Definition of overwinter (Entry 2 of 2)

: occurring during the period spanning the winter

Examples of overwinter in a Sentence

Verb The geese will overwinter in a warmer climate.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Unlike some butterfly species that can overwinter as larvae, pupae or even adults, monarchs cannot survive the cold winters of northern climates, the USDA Forest Service website explains. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 29 July 2022 The insects then travel south to overwinter in parts of central Mexico. Denise Chow, NBC News, 10 June 2022 These insects typically overwinter along the California coast, at sites stretching from Marin County in the north to Baja California. Denise Chow, NBC News, 10 June 2022 Then, find out how to overwinter these tender perennials until the next growing season. Lynn Coulter, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 June 2022 Fungal spores can overwinter on canes and dead leaves and then rain can spread spores to healthy tissues. oregonlive, 14 May 2022 This bulb will not overwinter outside in the Chicago region. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 22 Jan. 2022 Lindisfarne established a pattern of Viking hit-and-run raids in the summer months, but by the 850s, some of these raiders were choosing to overwinter in England. Joshua Levine, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Mar. 2022 Insects, including valuable pollinators, often overwinter or lay eggs in plant stalks. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, 27 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of overwinter


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1900, in the meaning defined above

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12 Aug 2022

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“Overwinter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overwinter. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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