- 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
Related Words for overbearcongratulate, bully, hector, intimidate, coerce, harass, oppress, badger, terrorize, torture, bludgeon, torment, persecute, threaten, browbeat, manage, wield, direct, determine, supervise
Examples from the Web for overbear
Historical Examples of overbear
Whatever the reasons for having deserted him he was determined to overbear.Gerald Fitzgerald
Charles James Lever
Calm, cool, firm self-possession seemed to overbear all other feelings.Blue Lights
There are times when the fiery heart of a man must overbear the cold brain of a soldier.Sir Nigel
Arthur Conan Doyle
Does the sublime voice issue only to overbear and reduce him to silence?Expositor's Bible: The Book of Job
The trees are inclined to overbear, in which case the fruits run small.The Pears of New York
U. P. Hedrick
- (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