\ ˈō-vər How to pronounce over (audio) \

Definition of over

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a : across a barrier or intervening (see intervene sense 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 sense 4) space the next town over
j : to agreement or concord won them over
2a(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
3a : 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
5a : 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.

Definition of over (Entry 2 of 5)

1 used as a function word to indicate motion or situation in a position higher than or above another towered over his motherflew over the lakerode over the old Roman road
2a 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
3a : more than cost over $5
4a used as a function word to indicate position upon or movement down upon laid a blanket over the childhit 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
5a used as a function word to indicate position on or motion to the other side or beyond lives over the wayfell over the edge
b : past or beyond (something) : done with and no longer experiencing On that day Lily was over the worst of the fever, and he had been able to tell Mrs. Dale that he did not think that she was now in danger.— Anthony Trollope
c : no longer interested in or concerned about (someone or something) … she had already filed New York State paperwork for a legal separation and was constantly on the phone with her new, non-Catholic, nonmusical boyfriend in Manhattan, reassuring him, every day, that she was so, so over Stephen.— Jonathan Franzen I think I'm over "It's a Wonderful Life," at least for this year. Fortunately, there is another classic Jimmy Stewart Christmas film to enjoy.— Jay Powell
6a : throughout, during over the past 25 years
b : until the end of stay over Sunday
7a 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 moneymet with advisers over lunch



Definition of over (Entry 3 of 5)

1a : upper, higher
c : excessive over imagination
2a : 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
5 : no longer current, popular, or fashionable Over nearly two decades, the once funky Savoy has quietly grown up in SoHo. But as the fickle glitterati have begun to spurn the area for being "so over," Savoy has only gotten more self-assured.Gourmet
over easy
: fried on one side then turned and fried lightly on the other side eggs over easy


overed; overing\ ˈō-​və-​riŋ How to pronounce over (audio) , ˈōv-​riŋ \

Definition of over (Entry 4 of 5)

transitive verb

: to leap over



Definition of over- (Entry 5 of 5)

1 : so as to exceed or surpass overachieve
2 : excessive overstimulation
3 : to an excessive degree overthin

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Synonyms & Antonyms for over

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Preposition

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Preposition

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of over in a Sentence

Adverb The wall's too high for us to climb over. We came to a stream and jumped over. She leaned over and kissed him. She knocked over the lamp. A couple of trees fell over during the storm. The baby rolled over onto his stomach. Preposition The sun's coming up over the mountain. She looked at him over the top of her glasses. Their balcony looks out over the city. He looked over the fence. A plane was flying low over the trees. The meat was cooked over an open fire. She slung the bag over her shoulder. His hat was pulled low over his eyes. Throw the rocks over the side of the boat. He fell over the cliff's edge. Adjective When is this class over? And before we knew it, the storm was over. When it's over, it's over. You don't get a second chance.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The day of having to tolerate angry guests is over. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Oct. 2021 The day of having to tolerate angry guests is over. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 7 Oct. 2021 If Jackson had gotten injured, the Ravens’ season would be over. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, 7 Oct. 2021 Edge’s move to SmackDown also paves the way for Rollins to land on Monday nights given that their feud appears to be far from over. Blake Oestriecher, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2021 But this week proves that their battle to be treated equally is far from over. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, 3 Oct. 2021 Season 2 will see Catherine's rise to power, but the plotting and scheming are far from over. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 28 Sep. 2021 A couple of years pass with no more than a summary of the momentous events that filled them, and the conclusion is really just a cliffhanger; the novel does not so much end as trade on our knowledge that the story itself is far from over. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2021 For his part, Georgia State’s Shawn Elliot knew the game was far from over. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 25 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition By 1970, there were 7.6 million people of Latin American heritage living in the mainland states, an increase of over fifteen times the just under 500,000 census count in 1900. Vulture, 9 Oct. 2021 That was the first year in a stretch of 14 playoff appearances over 15 years, including the 1995 World Series title and runner-up finishes in 1996 and 1999. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Oct. 2021 This supply company is known as the oldest costume shop in Houston and is home to over 50,000 costume pieces (a majority hand-made), hats and accessories. Rosemary Akpan, Chron, 8 Oct. 2021 And in the last nine months, almost a third of the 748 deals completed have been valued at over $1 billion, according to the firm. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 8 Oct. 2021 Both resource guides were published over 40 years ago. Alan Goch, sun-sentinel.com, 8 Oct. 2021 Auriemma’s 2020-21 team had plenty of depth, with eight players averaging over 15 minutes per game. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, 8 Oct. 2021 The country with the most immigrants is China, with over 1 million residents in the country, followed by Vietnam and Thailand, each with over 200,000. NBC News, 8 Oct. 2021 Most of the 6 million Americans who have Alzheimer’s are over 65 and get their insurance coverage through Medicare. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Use it as an all-over remedy for mass breakouts, or as a spot-checker for one-offs. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 16 Sep. 2021 There are six Sandals Resorts in Jamaica, including the very first one, Sandals Montego Bay, plus Sandals Royal Caribbean with its over-water suites. Johanna Read, Forbes, 16 June 2021 Tharp is currently using Slate Roof by ECOS Paints to transform a shingle-style home, covering the formerly beige exterior with an all-over coat of charcoal. Elizabeth Sweet, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 July 2021 This isn’t out of the ordinary for a big, primetime game—which general see casual fans betting on lots of buckets—but only 21% of the handle is on the over side. Alex Kay, Forbes, 22 June 2021 The actress and director, 50, arrived at the red carpet in a custom duchess satin Louis Vuitton curve-hugging gown with exaggerated shoulders and neckline, all-over crystal embroidery and scalloped hem. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, 25 Apr. 2021 Modern, all-over blue and white petals give this bedside lamp a graceful air with a pop of personality. Southern Living, 16 Apr. 2021 Slip-on style, all-over silver glitter design and two adjustable buckled straps. Marc Bona, cleveland, 21 Feb. 2021 And does the large Republican turnout presage a big vote for Trump or a heavy cross-over vote for Biden? David Lauter Washington Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times, 30 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb He's edged out by Jack Ma, founder of the e-commerce firm Alibaba and China's second-richest person, who saw his net worth grow by $3 billion to over $41 billion in the same period. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 27 May 2020 Combining salt with other seasonings, like herbs and spices, can also help reduce the need to over sprinkle. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, 6 Apr. 2020 Polar Bear Nylon Solar Backpack Light, simple to carry, difficult to over pack and insulated enough for a full day at the beach, this might be the perfect backpack cooler. Christine Ryan, New York Times, 10 Aug. 2019 Since then, the number of cases has exploded to over a quarter of a million. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 3 Apr. 2020 The trade imbalance will only get worse, the ASMI report said, as Russia aims to nearly double the value of its global seafood exports by 2024 to over $8 billion. Anchorage Daily News, 18 Feb. 2020 The president’s legal team has 24 hours to over a three-day period to give its case. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, 24 Jan. 2020 Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture until just combined, being careful not to over mix. Darlene, Detroit Free Press, 19 Oct. 2019 One area overs parts of Chilton and extreme southern Shelby counties. Leigh Morgan, al, 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of over


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for over

Adverb, Preposition, Adjective, and Verb

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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English Language Learners Definition of over

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: in an upward and forward direction across something
: downward from an upright position
: downward to a flat or horizontal position



English Language Learners Definition of over (Entry 2 of 4)

: from, to, or at a place that is higher than (someone or something) : above
: on top of (something) : so as to cover (something)
: beyond and down from (something)



English Language Learners Definition of over (Entry 3 of 4)

: having reached the end : finished



English Language Learners Definition of over- (Entry 5 of 4)

: too much or too great
: so as to be better or beyond
: very or extremely


\ ˈō-vər How to pronounce over (audio) \

Kids Definition of over

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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 : overnight entry 1 sense 1 Can I sleep over?
over and over
: many times



Kids Definition of over (Entry 2 of 4)

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.



Kids Definition of over (Entry 3 of 4)

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


\ ˈō-vər, ˌō-vər \

Kids Definition of over-

: more than usual, normal, or proper overload oversize



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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