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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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. over-ˈoʊvɚ

    more than normal or too much

    an over-excited crowd; The engine overheated.; overpopulated cities; Don't oversimplify the issue.


  1. over-(Prefix)

    above, or higher

  2. over-(Prefix)


  3. Origin: From over-, from ofer-, from ubar-. Cognate with over-, über-, over-, över-. More at over.

Translations for over-

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


too (much), as in overdo .

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