- simple past tense of overbear.
- to bear over or down by weight or force: With his superior strength he easily overbore his opponent in the fight.
- to overcome or overwhelm: A spirited defense had overborne the enemy attack.
- to prevail over or overrule (wishes, objections, etc.): She overbore all objections to the new plan.
- to treat in a domineering way; dominate: to overbear one's children with threats of violence.
- Nautical. (of a sailing ship) to have the advantage of (another sailing ship) because of an ability to carry more canvas safely.
- to produce fruit or progeny so abundantly as to impair the health.
Origin of overbear
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Examples from the Web for overbore
It was his love that urged him on, his love that overbore his scruples, his gravest apprehensions.The Night Riders
Again charging, he overbore him to the floor, but failed to hold him.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
She overbore him; they burst together into the room, as I have described.The King's Mirror
He was prominent in public life and overbore all opposition.
It was in defense of his ideas of justice that he overbore opposition.
- (tr) to dominate or overcometo overbear objections
- (tr) to press or bear down with weight or physical force
- to produce or bear (fruit, progeny, etc) excessively
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Word Origin and History for overbore
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