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overbearing

[oh-ver-bair-ing] /ˌoʊ vərˈbɛər ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
domineering; dictatorial; haughtily or rudely arrogant.
2.
of overwhelming or critical importance.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; overbear + -ing2
Related forms
overbearingly, adverb
overbearingness, noun

overbear

[oh-ver-bair] /ˌoʊ vərˈbɛər/
verb (used with object), overbore, overborne, overbearing.
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.
verb (used without object), overbore, overborne, overbearing.
6.
to produce fruit or progeny so abundantly as to impair the health.
Origin
1525-35; over- + bear1
Related forms
overbearer, noun
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  • Many great communicators flounder because it becomes overbearing to keep up with the world.
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  • To them, a strong executive and overbearing government are only useful during crises that involve jobs.
  • But a major theme is that kids of prodigious ability may be pushed by well-meaning but overbearing parents and mentors.
  • Indeed, they may even help him to distinguish himself from his overbearing predecessor.
  • It is staffed with captains and waiters who are solicitous and attentive without being overbearing.
British Dictionary definitions for overbearing

overbearing

/ˌəʊvəˈbɛərɪŋ/
adjective
1.
domineering or dictatorial in manner or action
2.
of particular or overriding importance or significance
Derived Forms
overbearingly, adverb

overbear

/ˌəʊvəˈbɛə/
verb -bears, -bearing, -bore, -borne
1.
(transitive) to dominate or overcome: to overbear objections
2.
(transitive) 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 overbearing
adj.

figurative present participle adjective from overbear (v.) in its sense "to bear down."

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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