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[oh-ver-win-ter] /ˌoʊ vərˈwɪn tər/
verb (used without object)
to pass, spend, or survive the winter:
to overwinter on the Riviera.
Origin of overwinter
1890-95; over- + winter; probably translation of Norwegian overvintre Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for overwinter
  • Salmon are an energy-rich food source, vital to the overwinter survival and reproduction of bears.
  • Jim says bees die in cold climates regardless, leaving their eggs to overwinter.
  • Use dormant oils during winter to control insects that overwinter on deciduous plants.
  • Adult bullfrogs overwinter in water to avoid freezing.
  • overwintering is usually not communal, although several may overwinter within close proximity of one another.
  • The nearly mature grubs form cells in the burrows where they overwinter, and in the spring transform to pupae.
  • When mature, they enter the ground to pupate and overwinter, and the adults emerge the following spring.
  • Juveniles overwinter in this river for a few years until they reach the sub-adult stage.
  • Some bats overwinter in large groups in caves and mines, others overwinter singly under tree bark or leaf litter.
  • These turtles overwinter in water in soft organic substrate, in muskrat burrows, and by simply sitting on the bottom.
British Dictionary definitions for overwinter


(intransitive) to spend winter (in or at a particular place)
(transitive) to keep (animals or plants) alive through the winter
(intransitive) (of an animal or plant) to remain alive throughout the winter
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Word Origin and History for overwinter

Old English oferwintran; see over- + winter (v.). Related: Overwintered; overwintering.

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