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Meaning of OVERBEAR

Pronunciation:  `owvur'behr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  contract the abdominal muscles during childbirth to ease delivery
  2. [v]  bear too much
  3. [v]  overcome; "overbear criticism, protest, or arguments"

OVERBEAR is a 8 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: bear down
 See Also: bear, compact, compress, constrict, contract, dominate, press, squeeze, turn out



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \O`ver*bear"\, v. t.
    1. To bear down or carry down, as by excess of weight, power,
       force, etc.; to overcome; to suppress.
             The point of reputation, when the news first came of
             the battle lost, did overbear the reason of war.
             Overborne with weight the Cyprians fell. --Dryden.
             They are not so ready to overbear the adversary who
             goes out of his own country to meet them. --Jowett
                                                   (Thucyd. )
    2. To domineer over; to overcome by insolence.
  2. \O`ver*bear"\, v. i.
    To bear fruit or offspring to excess; to be too prolific.