verb (used with object), o·ver·bore, o·ver·borne, o·ver·bear·ing.
verb (used without object), o·ver·bore, o·ver·borne, o·ver·bear·ing.
Origin of overbear
Examples from the Web for overbear
I have through my whole life interfered to protect, not overbear, the sufferer; and I must do so now.Caleb Williams|William Godwin
If pruned the same, the grafted vines may overbear and quickly exhaust themselves.Manual of American Grape-Growing|U. P. Hedrick
He was angry, but he would never more attempt to overbear me with grand threats.The O'Ruddy|Stephen Crane
Whatever the reasons for having deserted him he was determined to overbear.Gerald Fitzgerald|Charles James Lever
In New England the Puritans were supreme, notwithstanding the efforts of the crown to overbear their authority.History of the United States|Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
verb -bears, -bearing, -bore or -borne
late 14c., "to carry over," from over- + bear (v.). Meaning "to bear down by weight of physical force" is from 1535 (in Coverdale), originally nautical, of an overwhelming wind; figurative sense of "to overcome and repress by power, authority, etc." is from 1560s.