above in place or position: the roof over one's head.
above and to the other side of: to leap over a wall.
above in authority, rank, power, etc., so as to govern, control, or have jurisdiction regarding: There is no one over her in the department now.
so as to rest on or cover; on or upon: Throw a sheet over the bed.
on or upon, so as to cause an apparent change in one's mood, attitude, etc.: I can't imagine what has come over her.
on or on top of: to hit someone over the head.
here and there on or in; about: at various places over the country.
through all parts of; all through: to roam over the estate; to show someone over the house.
to and fro on or in; across; throughout: to travel all over Europe.
from one side to the other of; to the other side of; across: to go over a bridge.
on the other side of; across: lands over the sea.
reaching higher than, so as to submerge: The water is over his shoulders.
in excess of; more than: over a mile; not over five dollars.
above in degree, quantity, etc.: a big improvement over last year's turnout.
in preference to: chosen over another applicant.
throughout the length of: The message was sent over a great distance.
until after the end of: to adjourn over the holidays.
throughout the duration of: over a long period of years.
in reference to, concerning, or about: to quarrel over a matter.
while engaged in or occupied with: to fall asleep over one's work.
via; by means of: He told me over the phone. I heard it over the radio.
beyond the top or upper surface or edge of something: a roof that hangs over.
so as to cover the surface, or affect the whole surface: The furniture was covered over with dust.
through a region, area, etc.: He was known the world over.
at some distance, as in a direction indicated: They live over by the hill.
from side to side; across; to the other side: to sail over.
across an intervening space: Toss the ball over, will you?
across or beyond the edge or rim: The soup boiled over. The bathtub ran over.
from beginning to end; throughout: to read a paper over; Think it over.
from one person, party, etc., to another: Hand the money over. He made the property over to his brother.
on the other side, as of a sea, a river, or any space: over in Japan.
so as to displace from an upright position: to knock over a glass of milk.
so as to put in the reversed position: She turned the bottle over. The dog rolled over.
once more; again: Do the work over.
in repetition or succession: twenty times over.
in excess or addition: to pay the full sum and something over.
in excess of or beyond a certain amount: Five goes into seven once, with two over.
throughout or beyond a period of time: to stay over till Monday.
to one's residence, office, or the like: Why don't you come over for lunch?
so as to reach a place across an intervening space, body of water, etc.: Her ancestors came over on the Mayflower.
upper; higher up.
higher in authority, station, etc.
serving, or intended to serve, as an outer covering; outer.
remaining or additional, surplus; extra.
too great; excessive (usually used in combination): Insufficient tact and overaggressiveness are two of his problems.
ended; done; past: when the war was over.
an amount in excess or addition; extra.
Military. a shot that strikes or bursts beyond the target.
the number of balls, usually six, delivered between successive changes of bowlers.
the part of the game played between such changes.
to go or get over; leap over.
Southern U.S. to recover from.
(used in radio communications to signify that the sender has temporarily finished transmitting and is awaiting a reply or acknowledgment.): Compare out (def. 54).
Idioms about over
over the entire surface of; everywhere: material printed all over with a floral design.
thoroughly; entirely: She's an inspiring model all over.
finished: The war was all over and the soldiers came home.
all over with, ended; finished: It seemed miraculous that the feud was all over with.
over again, in repetition; once more: The director had the choir sing one passage over again.
over against. against (def. 13).
over and above, in addition to; besides: a profit over and above what they had anticipated.
over and over, several times; repeatedly: They played the same record over and over.
over the hill. hill (def. 11).
over there, Informal. (in the U.S. during and after World War I) in or to Europe: Many of the boys who went over there never came back.
over with, finished or done: Let's get this thing over with, so that we don't have to worry about it any more.
Other definitions for over- (2 of 2)
a prefixal use of over, preposition,adverb, or adjective, occurring in various senses in compounds (overboard; overcoat; overhang; overlap; overlord; overrun; overthrow), and especially employed, with the sense of “over the limit,” “to excess,” “too much,” “too,” to form verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and nouns (overact; overcapitalize; overcrowd; overfull; overmuch; oversupply; overweight), and many others, mostly self-explanatory: a hyphen, which is commonly absent from old or well-established formations, is sometimes used in new coinages or in any words whose component parts it may be desirable to set off distinctly.
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How to use over in a sentence
They are always suspended over a precipice, dangling by a slender thread that shows every sign of snapping.
And now, similarly, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee: "Bend over and take it like a prisoner!"Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner! | Olivia Nuzzi | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Perhaps on his own nowadays, Epstein is trying his best to webmaster over a dozen URLs.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking | M.L. Nestel | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
But yes, I pictured a James Bond-type just sauntering over to her.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS | Marlow Stern | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The debate over who really pulled off the Sony hack, then, could continue indefinitely.
It is most peculiar, and when he plays that way, the most bewitching little expression comes over his face.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
All over the world the just claims of organized labor are intermingled with the underground conspiracy of social revolution.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
After we had passed over this desert, we found several garisons to defend the caravans from the violence of the Tartars.
After relievedly giving the pistol to the nearest soldier, he stumbled quickly over to Brion and took his hand.Sense of Obligation | Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
Solely over one man therein thou hast quite absolute control.Pearls of Thought | Maturin M. Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for over (1 of 2)
directly above; on the top of; via the top or upper surface of: over one's head
on or to the other side of: over the river
during; through, or throughout (a period of time)
in or throughout all parts of: to travel over England
throughout the whole extent of: over the racecourse
above; in preference to: I like that over everything else
by the agency of (an instrument of telecommunication): we heard it over the radio
more than: over a century ago
on the subject of; about: an argument over nothing
while occupied in: discussing business over golf
having recovered from the effects of: she's not over that last love affair yet
over and above added to; in addition to: he earns a large amount over and above his salary
in a state, condition, situation, or position that is or has been placed or put over something: to climb over
(particle) so as to cause to fall: knocking over a policeman
at or to a point across intervening space, water, etc: come over and see us; over in America
throughout a whole area: the world over
(particle) from beginning to end, usually cursorily: to read a document over
throughout a period of time: stay over for this week
(esp in signalling and radio) it is now your turn to speak, act, etc
more than is expected or usual: not over well
over again once more
over and over (often foll by again) repeatedly
over the odds
in addition, esp when not expected
unfair or excessive
(postpositive) finished; no longer in progress: is the concert over yet?
remaining; surplus (often in the phrase left over)
a series of six balls bowled by a bowler from the same end of the pitch
the play during this
British Dictionary definitions for over- (2 of 2)
excessive or excessively; beyond an agreed or desirable limit: overcharge; overdue; oversimplify
indicating superior rank: overseer
indicating location or movement above: overhang
indicating movement downwards: overthrow
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Other Idioms and Phrases with over
In addition to the idioms beginning with over
- over a barrel
- over again
- over against
- over and above
- over and done with
- over and over
- over my dead body
- over one's head
- over the edge
- over the hill
- over the hump
- over the top
- over with
- all over
(and entries beginning with all over)bend over backwardbind overblow overboil overbowl overcarry overcheck on (over)chew the cud (over)cloud overcome overcross overcrow overcry over spilt milkdo overdraw a veil overdrop by (over)fall all overfork overfuck overget overget the advantage of (over)give overgloss overgo overhand overhand over fisthang overhash overhave a hold overhave it (all over someone)head over heelshold overhoneymoon is overin deep water (over one's head)it's all over withjump all overkeel overkeep watch (over)kick over the tracesknock for a loop (over with a feather)knock overlay overlook like death (warmed over)look overlord it overlose sleep overmake overmind over mattermull overonce over lightlypaper overparty's overpass overpick overpull overpull the wool over someone's eyesput overrake over the coalsride roughshod overroll overroof over one's headrun one's eyes overrun overscoot oversign oversleep oversmooth overstand overstart overstop off (over)take overtalk overthink overthrow overtide overtill hell freezes overturn in (over) one's graveturn overturn over a new leafwalk all overwatch overwater over the damwin overwork over.
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