What does over mean?

Definitions for over
ˈoʊ vərover

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word 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"


  1. Over(a.)

    Excessive; too much or too great; -- chiefly used in composition; as, overwork, overhaste, overreaction.

  2. over(adv.)

    Excessively; too much or too greatly; -- chiefly used in composition; as, overwork, overhasty, overeager, overanxious, overreact, overcook.


  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 I'm 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Over

    ō′vėr, prep. higher than in place, rank, value, &c.: across: on the surface of: upon the whole surface of: through: concerning: on account of: longer than.—adv. on the top: above: across: from one side, person, &c. to another: above in measure: too much: in excess: left remaining: at an end: completely.—adj. upper or superior (often used as a prefix, as in overcoat, overlord, &c.): beyond: past.—n. the number of balls delivered at cricket between successive changes of bowlers: an excess, overplus.—v.t. to go, leap, or vault over.—v.i. to go over.—Over again, afresh, anew; Over against, opposite; Over and above, in addition to: besides; Over and over, several times: repeatedly; Over head and ears, beyond one's depth: completely; Over seas, to foreign lands.—All over, completely: at an end. [A.S. ofer; Ger. über, L. super, Gr. huper.]

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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 for over »

  1. rove, vore

  2. Vore

How to pronounce over?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of over in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of over in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of over in a Sentence

  1. William Porter:

    It's not over yet.

  2. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie:

    That part is over.

  3. Lindsey Graham:

    For me, it's over.

  4. Barbara Light:

    I almost fell over.

  5. Isabelle Risacher Moogalian:

    C'est fini, it's over.

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