Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To press down on or overwhelm with physical force.
  • transitive verb To dominate or overcome.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To bear down; overpower; bring under; overwhelm; overcome by superior force: literally or figuratively.
  • To bear or impel across or along.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To bear fruit or offspring to excess; to be too prolific.
  • transitive verb To bear down or carry down, as by excess of weight, power, force, etc.; to overcome; to suppress.
  • transitive verb To domineer over; to overcome by insolence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb overcome
  • verb bear too much
  • verb contract the abdominal muscles during childbirth to ease delivery

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

over- +‎ bear

Examples

  • High school is when, of course, the pressure piles on, and college applications overbear even the most school-savvy.

    Seth Engel: Graduation, or Biking on Thin Air

  • High school is when, of course, the pressure piles on, and college applications overbear even the most school-savvy.

    Seth Engel: Graduation, or Biking on Thin Air

  • High school is when, of course, the pressure piles on, and college applications overbear even the most school-savvy.

    Seth Engel: Graduation, or Biking on Thin Air

  • High school is when, of course, the pressure piles on, and college applications overbear even the most school-savvy.

    Seth Engel: Graduation, or Biking on Thin Air

  • High school is when, of course, the pressure piles on, and college applications overbear even the most school-savvy.

    Seth Engel: Graduation, or Biking on Thin Air

  • High school is when, of course, the pressure piles on, and college applications overbear even the most school-savvy.

    Seth Engel: Graduation, or Biking on Thin Air

  • 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.

    Archive 2010-02-01

  • 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.

    Artichoke

  • 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.

    Today in Fantasy: February 16, 2010

  • I go out of my way to be polite, to listen, to not overbear with my opinions.

    blog: February 2009

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