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overbear

[ oh-ver-bair ]
/ 藢o蕣 v蓹r藞b蓻蓹r /
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verb (used with object), o路ver路bore, o路ver路borne, o路ver路bear路ing.
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.
verb (used without object), o路ver路bore, o路ver路borne, o路ver路bear路ing.
to produce fruit or progeny so abundantly as to impair the health.
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Origin of overbear

First recorded in 1525鈥35; over- + bear1

OTHER WORDS FROM overbear

o路ver路bear路er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for overbear

overbear
/ (藢蓹蕣v蓹藞b蓻蓹) /

verb -bears, -bearing, -bore or -borne
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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