- 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
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- (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
Word Origin and History for overborn
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper