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verb (used without object), o·ver·stood, o·ver·stand·ing. Nautical.
  1. overreach(def 13).
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Origin of overstand

1300–50; Middle English overstonden to stand over or by; see over-, stand
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Examples from the Web for overstand

Historical Examples

  • Sometimes, however, they overstand their market, and suffer by refusing the first offers made.

    Trade and Travel in the Far East

    G. F. Davidson

Word Origin and History for overstand


"to stand over or beside," from Old English oferstandan; see over- + stand (v.).

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