from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


over- +‎ bear (Wiktionary)


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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.


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

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  • That's fine until year 35+ when the trees begin to overbear the views of the house.

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  • ´You are first intrepid, if you overbear your fear!

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  • And men who, like them, wantonly assail others, will not hesitate to attack him who remains quietly at home and only defends himself; but they are not so ready to overbear the adversary who goes out of his own country to meet them, and when there is an opportunity strikes first.

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  • Whatever the cause, you do feel that the style is an integral part of the film, it doesn't detract or overbear at all, and that had been one of my earlier concerns.

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  • The line between primary and secondary employment seems to be the critical psychological point at which his good common sense ceases to overbear his bad theory.

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  • Marcius, straightforward and direct, and possessed with the idea that to vanquish and overbear all apposition is the true part of bravery, and never imagining that it was the weakness and womanishness of his nature that broke out, so to say, in these ulcerations of anger, retired, full of fury and bitterness against the people.

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