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[oh-ver-bawr, -bohr] /ˌoʊ vərˈbɔr, -ˈboʊr/
simple past tense of overbear.


[oh-ver-bair] /ˌoʊ vərˈbɛər/
verb (used with object), overbore, overborne, overbearing.
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.
verb (used without object), overbore, overborne, overbearing.
to produce fruit or progeny so abundantly as to impair the health.
Origin of overbear
1525-35; over- + bear1
Related forms
overbearer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for overbore
Historical Examples
  • The bitterness which filled his heart against Simon Halpen overbore any other emotion.

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

    Robert Toombs Pleasant A. Stovall
  • These are the fellows who outflouted and overbore us at the Inn of the Coronation.

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
  • It was in defense of his ideas of justice that he overbore opposition.

    Robert Toombs Pleasant A. Stovall
  • A single drunken legionary tried, by fair means or foul, to hustle Mardonius; but they overbore the rioter by main force.

    The Death of the Gods Dmitri Mrejkowski
  • It was his love that urged him on, his love that overbore his scruples, his gravest apprehensions.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • She overbore him; they burst together into the room, as I have described.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • Again charging, he overbore him to the floor, but failed to hold him.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • My assurance of success was so strong that it overbore every other consideration.

  • Nesta and Victor overbore Nataly's objections to the lover's generosity.

British Dictionary definitions for overbore


verb -bears, -bearing, -bore, -borne
(transitive) to dominate or overcome: to overbear objections
(transitive) to press or bear down with weight or physical force
to produce or bear (fruit, progeny, etc) excessively
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Word Origin and History for overbore



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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