over winter


verb (used without object)
to pass, spend, or survive the winter: to overwinter on the Riviera.

1890–95; over- + winter; probably translation of Norwegian overvintre

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overwinter (ˌəʊvəˈwɪntə)
1.  (intr) to spend winter (in or at a particular place)
2.  (tr) to keep (animals or plants) alive through the winter
3.  (intr) (of an animal or plant) to remain alive throughout the winter

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