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overbore

[oh-ver-bawr, -bohr]
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  1. simple past tense of overbear.
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overbear

[oh-ver-bair]
verb (used with object), o·ver·bore, o·ver·borne, o·ver·bear·ing.
  1. to bear over or down by weight or force: With his superior strength he easily overbore his opponent in the fight.
  2. to overcome or overwhelm: A spirited defense had overborne the enemy attack.
  3. to prevail over or overrule (wishes, objections, etc.): She overbore all objections to the new plan.
  4. to treat in a domineering way; dominate: to overbear one's children with threats of violence.
  5. Nautical. (of a sailing ship) to have the advantage of (another sailing ship) because of an ability to carry more canvas safely.
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verb (used without object), o·ver·bore, o·ver·borne, o·ver·bear·ing.
  1. to produce fruit or progeny so abundantly as to impair the health.
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Origin of overbear

First recorded in 1525–35; over- + bear1
Related formso·ver·bear·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for overbore

Historical Examples

  • It was his love that urged him on, his love that overbore his scruples, his gravest apprehensions.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • 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

    Anthony Hope

  • He was prominent in public life and overbore all opposition.

    Robert Toombs

    Pleasant A. Stovall

  • It was in defense of his ideas of justice that he overbore opposition.

    Robert Toombs

    Pleasant A. Stovall


British Dictionary definitions for overbore

overbear

verb -bears, -bearing, -bore or -borne
  1. (tr) to dominate or overcometo overbear objections
  2. (tr) to press or bear down with weight or physical force
  3. to produce or bear (fruit, progeny, etc) excessively
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Word Origin and History for overbore

overbear

v.

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.

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