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Definition of "overbear" []

  • To crush or press down on with physical force. (verb-transitive)
  • To prevail over, as if by superior weight or force; dominate. (verb-transitive)
  • To be more important than; outweigh. (verb-transitive)
  • To bear an overabundance of fruit or offspring. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "overbear" in a sentence
  • "High school is when, of course, the pressure piles on, and college applications overbear even the most school-savvy."
  • "But don't keep your little ones away from Bell's fantastic YA debut on that basis: she treats the thread concerned with the soulless wake with a gentle touch that never threatens to overbear on the more jovial remainder of her novel."
  • "Alessan will not have me overbear, though I keep telling him that I am happiest pregnant and never suffer as others have from being in that condition."