Definitions for overˈoʊ vər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•verˈoʊ vər(prep.)

  1. above in place or position:

    the roof over one's head.

  2. above and to the other side of:

    to leap over a wall.

  3. above in authority, rank, power, etc.:

    no one over her in the department.

  4. so as to rest on or cover; on or upon:

    Throw a sheet over the bed.

  5. on top of:

    to hit someone over the head.

  6. here and there on or in; about:

    at various places over the country.

  7. through all parts of; all through:

    to show someone over the house.

  8. to and fro on or in; across; throughout:

    to travel over Europe.

  9. from one side to the other of; to the other side of; across:

    to go over a bridge.

  10. on the other side of; across:

    lands over the sea.

  11. reaching higher than, so as to submerge:

    The water is over his shoulders.

  12. in excess of; more than:

    not over five dollars.

  13. above in degree, quantity, etc.:

    a big improvement over last year's turnout.

  14. in preference to:

    chosen over another applicant.

  15. throughout the length or duration of:

    The message was sent over a great distance; over a long period of years.

  16. until after the end of:

    to adjourn over the holidays.

  17. in reference to, concerning, or about:

    to quarrel over a matter.

  18. while doing or attending to:

    to fall asleep over one's work.

  19. via; by means of:

    I heard it over the radio.

    Category: Radio and Television

  20. (adv.)beyond the top or upper part of something:

    a roof that hangs over.

  21. so as to cover or affect the whole surface:

    The furniture was covered over with dust.

  22. through a region, area, etc.:

    known the world over.

  23. at some distance, as in a direction indicated:

    They live over by the hill.

  24. from one side or place to another or across an intervening space:

    to sail over; Toss the ball over, will you? Let's walk over to the coffee shop.

  25. across or beyond an edge or rim:

    The soup boiled over.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  26. from beginning to end; throughout:

    Think it over.

  27. from one person, party, etc., to another:

    He made the property over to his brother.

  28. on the other side, as of a sea, a river, or any space:

    over in Japan.

  29. so as to displace from an upright position:

    to knock over a glass.

  30. so as to put or be in the reversed position:

    The dog rolled over.

  31. once more; again:

    Do the work over.

  32. in repetition or succession:

    20 times over.

  33. in excess or addition:

    to pay the full sum and something over.

  34. in excess of or beyond a certain amount:

    Five goes into seven once, with two over.

  35. throughout or beyond a period of time:

    to stay over till Monday.

  36. (adj.)upper; higher up.

  37. higher in authority, station, etc.

  38. serving or intended as an outer covering; outer (often used in combination):

    a gown with an overskirt.

  39. remaining or additional, surplus; extra.

  40. too great; excessive (usu. used in combination):

    overaggressive behavior.

  41. ended; done; past:

    when the war was over.

  42. (n.)an amount in excess or addition; extra.

  43. a shot that strikes or bursts beyond the target.

    Category: Military

  44. Cricket. the number of balls, usu. six, delivered between successive changes of bowlers. the part of the game played between such changes.

    Category: Sport

  45. (v.t.)to go or get over; leap over.

  46. (interj.)(used in radio communications to signify that the sender is awaiting a reply to or acknowledgment of a transmission.)

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Radio and Television

Idioms for over:

  1. all over, ended; finished; over with: throughout; everywhere:

    The game is all over.

    all over the place.

    Category: Idiom

  2. over and above,in addition to; besides.

    Category: Idiom

  3. over and over,many times; repeatedly.

    Category: Idiom

  4. over the hill,past one's prime.

    Category: Idiom

  5. over with,finished; ended; done.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of over:

bef. 900; ME; OE ofer; c. OFris ovir, OHG ubar(i), ON yfir; akin to L super, Gk hypér, Skt upari. See up, hyper-


  1. a prefixal use of over , occurring in various senses in compounds (overboard; overcoat; overhang; overlord; overthrow), and esp. employed, with the senses “over the limit,”“to excess,”“too much,”“too,” to form verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and nouns (overact; overcrowd; overfull; overweight).

    Category: Affix

Origin of over-:

ME; OE ofer-. See over

Princeton's WordNet

  1. over(adj)

    (cricket) the division of play during which six balls are bowled at the batsman by one player from the other team from the same end of the pitch

  2. complete, concluded, ended, over(p), all over, terminated(adverb)

    having come or been brought to a conclusion

    "the harvesting was complete"; "the affair is over, ended, finished"; "the abruptly terminated interview"

  3. over(adverb)

    at or to a point across intervening space etc.

    "come over and see us some time"; "over there"

  4. over(adverb)

    throughout an area

    "he is known the world over"

  5. over, o'er(adverb)

    throughout a period of time

    "stay over the weekend"

  6. over(adverb)

    beyond the top or upper surface or edge; forward from an upright position

    "a roof that hangs over";

  7. all over, over(adverb)

    over the entire area

    "the wallpaper was covered all over with flowers"; "she ached all over"; "everything was dusted over with a fine layer of soot"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. over(adverb)ˈoʊvɚ

    down, away from a position that is straight up

    I knocked the chair over.; The glass tipped over.

  2. overˈoʊvɚ

    from one side to another

    a ferry crossing over to the opposite bank

  3. overˈoʊvɚ

    ≠ under

    A plane flew over.

  4. overˈoʊvɚ

    so that the opposite side is facing up

    He flipped the pancakes over.

  5. overˈoʊvɚ

    in or to a place that sb is or lives

    She came over to where we were standing.; I'd like to invite him over for dinner.

  6. overˈoʊvɚ

    to or toward one side

    Look over toward the trees.

  7. overˈoʊvɚ

    ended or finished

    I'm glad that time in my life is over.

  8. overˈoʊvɚ

    in a way that is completely covered

    The pond had frozen over.

  9. overˈoʊvɚ

    including the numbers or ages above the one mentioned

    children aged 3 and over

  10. overˈoʊvɚ

    emphasizes that sth happens or is done again

    We had to start all over again.

  11. overˈoʊvɚ

    indicates that sth happens repeatedly

    She kept saying, "I didn't do it!" over and over again.

  12. over(preposition)ˈoʊvɚ


    The balloon floated over the house.; He leaned over the sink.

  13. overˈoʊvɚ

    covering sth or sb

    She pulled the blanket over her head.

  14. overˈoʊvɚ

    covering all or most of

    There was water all over the floor.

  15. overˈoʊvɚ

    from one side to another

    planes flying over the Pacific

  16. overˈoʊvɚ

    more than

    There were over 4,000 people there.

  17. overˈoʊvɚ

    regarding or about

    two groups in an argument over land rights; concern over the safety of the children

  18. overˈoʊvɚ

    during a time

    Over the next few months, he seemed to change.

  19. overˈoʊvɚ

    from, in, or to many parts

    as the frost spread over the windows; water all over the floor

  20. overˈoʊvɚ

    not affected by sth anymore

    It took a while, but I'm over it now.; She's trying to get over the breakup of the relationship.

  21. overˈoʊvɚ

    down from the edge of

    She looked over the rocks to the water below.


  1. over(Noun)

    A set of six legal balls bowled.

  2. over(Noun)

    Any surplus amount of money, goods delivered, etc.

  3. over(Adverb)

    Again; another time; once more.

    I lost my paper and I had to do the entire assignment over.

  4. over(Adverb)

    Thoroughly; completely; from beginning to end.

  5. over(Adverb)

    From an upright position to being horizontal.

  6. over(Adverb)

    Horizontally; left to right or right to left.

  7. over(Adverb)

    Overnight .

  8. over(Adjective)

    Finished; ended or concluded.

    The show is over.

  9. over(Adjective)

    (as a prefix): To excess.

  10. over(Preposition)

    On top of; above; higher than; further up.

  11. over(Preposition)

    Across or spanning.

    There is a bridge over the river.

  12. over(Preposition)

    In such a way as to cover.

  13. over(Preposition)

    More than; to a greater degree.

    I prefer the purple over the pink.

  14. over(Preposition)

    Beyond; past; exceeding; too much or too far.

    I think Iu2019m over my limit for calories for today.

  15. over(Preposition)

    Divided by.

    four over two equals two over one.

  16. over(Preposition)

    As compared to.

    Sales are down this quarter over last.

  17. over(Preposition)

    From one position or state to another.

  18. over(Preposition)

    From one physical position to another via an obstacle that must be traversed vertically, first upwards and then downwards.

  19. over(Interjection)

    In radio communications: end of sentence, ready to receive reply.

    How do you receive? Over!

  20. over(Preposition)

    Finished with; done with; from one state to another via a hindrance that must be solved or defeated; or via a third state that represents a significant difference from the first two.

  21. over(Preposition)

    While using, while consuming.

  22. over(Preposition)

    concerning or regarding

  23. Origin: ofer; akin to Dutch over, German über, ubir, ubar, Danish over, Swedish över, Icelandic yfir, Gothic 033F034603300342, Latin super, ὑπέρ, Albanian epër, Sanskrit उपरि.


  1. Over

    In the sport of cricket, an over is a set of six balls bowled from one end of a cricket pitch. In a normal over, a single bowler delivers six balls in succession, from one end of the pitch, to the batsman at the other end. After six deliveries, the umpire calls 'over'; the fielding team switches ends, and a different bowler is selected to bowl an over from the opposite end of the pitch, while the batsmen do not change ends. The captain of the fielding team decides which bowler will bowl any given over, and no bowler may bowl two overs in succession. An over must consist of six legal deliveries. If the bowler bowls a wide or a no ball, that illegal delivery is not counted towards the six-ball tally, and another delivery will need to be bowled in its place. In the event that a bowler is injured, or is sent out of the attack by the umpire, during the middle of an over, a team-mate completes any remaining deliveries. Because a bowler may not bowl consecutive overs, the general tactic is for the captain to appoint two bowlers to alternate overs from opposite ends. When one bowler tires or becomes ineffective, the captain will replace that bowler with another. The period of time during which a bowler bowls every alternate over is known as a spell.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'over' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #109

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'over' in Written Corpus Frequency: #211

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'over' in Adverbs Frequency: #23

Anagrams of over

  1. rove, vore

  2. Vore

Translations for over

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


higher, moving etc above

The plane flew over about an hour ago.

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