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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [oh-ver-bair]
    • /ˌoʊ vərˈbɛər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [oh-ver-bair]
    • /ˌoʊ vərˈbɛər/

Definitions of overbear word

  • verb with object overbear to bear over or down by weight or force: With his superior strength he easily overbore his opponent in the fight. 1
  • verb with object overbear to overcome or overwhelm: A spirited defense had overborne the enemy attack. 1
  • verb with object overbear to prevail over or overrule (wishes, objections, etc.): She overbore all objections to the new plan. 1
  • verb with object overbear to treat in a domineering way; dominate: to overbear one's children with threats of violence. 1
  • verb with object overbear Nautical. (of a sailing ship) to have the advantage of (another sailing ship) because of an ability to carry more canvas safely. 1
  • verb without object overbear to produce fruit or progeny so abundantly as to impair the health. 1

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Origin of overbear

First appearance:

before 1525
One of the 28% oldest English words
First recorded in 1525-35; over- + bear1

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Parts of speech for Overbear


overbear popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 65% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

overbear usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for overbear

verb overbear

  • castigate — If you castigate someone or something, you speak to them angrily or criticize them severely.
  • nag — to annoy by persistent faultfinding, complaints, or demands.
  • badger — A badger is a wild animal which has a white head with two wide black stripes on it. Badgers live underground and usually come up to feed at night.
  • bully — A bully is someone who uses their strength or power to hurt or frighten other people.
  • coerce — If you coerce someone into doing something, you make them do it, although they do not want to.

Antonyms for overbear

verb overbear

  • aid — Aid is money, equipment, or services that are provided for people, countries, or organizations who need them but cannot provide them for themselves.
  • assist — If you assist someone, you help them to do a job or task by doing part of the work for them.
  • help — to give or provide what is necessary to accomplish a task or satisfy a need; contribute strength or means to; render assistance to; cooperate effectively with; aid; assist: He planned to help me with my work. Let me help you with those packages.
  • leave alone — separate, apart, or isolated from others: I want to be alone.
  • boost — If one thing boosts another, it causes it to increase, improve, or be more successful.

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