• (British) IPA: /ˈəʊ.və(ɹ)/
  • (America) enPR: ō'vər, IPA: /ˈoʊ.vɚ/


over (not comparable)

  1. Discontinued; ended or concluded.
    The show is over.

over (not comparable)

  1. Thoroughly; completely; from beginning to end.
    Let's talk over the project at tomorrow's meeting.
    Let me think that over.
    I'm going to look over our department's expenses.
    • 1661, John Fell (bishop), The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond ↗
      During the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant […]
  2. To an excessive degree; overly.
  3. From an upright position to being horizontal.
    He tipped the bottle over, and the water came gushing out.
    That building just fell over!
    He bent over to touch his toes.
  4. Horizontally; left to right or right to left.
    Slide the toilet-paper dispenser's door over when one roll is empty in order to reveal the other.
    I moved over to make room for him to sit down.
  5. From one position or state to another.
    Please pass that over to me.
    He came over to our way of thinking on the new project.
    Come over and play!
    I'll bring over a pizza.
  6. Overnight throughout the night.
    We stayed over at Grandma's.
    Can I sleep over?
  7. (US, usually, with do) Again; another time; once more; over again.
    I lost my paper and I had to do the entire assignment over.
  8. (procedure word, military) a procedure word meaning that a station is finished transmitting and is expecting a response.
    Bravo Six, this is Bravo Six Four. Stand by for ten mike report one dash three, over.
    Bravo Six Four, this is Bravo Six Actual. Send your traffic, over.
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over (plural overs)

  1. (cricket) A set of six legal balls bowled.
  2. Any surplus amount of money, goods delivered, etc.
    • 2008, G. Puttick, Sandy van Esch, The Principles and Practice of Auditing (page 609)
      ...standard cash count forms used to record the count and any overs or unders.

  1. Physical positioning.
    1. On top of; above; higher than; further up.
      Hold the sign up over your head.   climb up the ladder and look over [the roof]
      • Over them gleamed far off the crimson banners of morning.
    2. Across or spanning.
      There is a bridge over the river.
      • 1918, Dora Sigerson Shorter, Sick I Am and Sorrowful
        If I saw the wild geese fly over the dark lakes of Kerry...
    3. In such a way as to cover.
      drape the fabric over the table;  there is a roof over the house
    4. From one physical position to another via an obstacle that must be traversed vertically, first upwards and then downwards.
      The dog jumped over the fence.
      I'll go over [the fence] first and then help you.
      Let's walk over the hill to get there.
  2. By comparison.
    1. More than; to a greater degree.
      I prefer the purple over the pink.
    2. Beyond; past; exceeding; too much or too far.
      I think I’m over my limit for calories for today.
    3. (in certain collocations) As compared to.
      Sales are down this quarter over last.
  3. Indicating relative status, authority, or power
    The owner's son lorded over the experienced managers.
    The prince ruled over a portion of the kingdom.
  4. (mathematics) Divided by.
    four over two equals two over one
  5. (poker) Separates the three of a kind from the pair in a full house.
    9♦9♠9♣6♥6♠ = nines over sixes
  6. 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.
    We got over the engineering problems and the prototype works great.
    I am over my cold and feel great again.
    I know the referee made a bad call, but you have to get over it [your annoyance with the referee's decision].
    She is finally over [the distress of] losing her job.
    He is finally over his [distress over the loss of the relationship with his] ex-girlfriend.
  7. While using, especially while consuming.
    • 1990, Seymour Chatman, Coming to Terms, Cornell, ISBN 0801497361, page 100:
      Six diners in business clothes—five attractive young women and a balding middle-aged man—relax over cigarettes.
    • 1998, Marian Swerdlow, Underground Woman, Temple, ISBN 1566396107, page 88 :
      Sunday had been my favorite day at Woodlawn. A long W.A.A. [="work as assigned" period], having coffee and croissants with Mark over the Sunday Times.
    • 2009, Sara Pennypacker, The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery, Scholastic, ISBN 9780545207867, page 79:
      Over meatloaf and mashed potatoes (being careful not to talk with his mouth full), Stanley told about his adventure.
  8. Concerning or regarding.
    The two boys had a fight over whose girlfriend was the best.
  9. Above, implying superiority after a contest; in spite of; notwithstanding.
    We triumphed over difficulties.
    The bill was passed over the veto.
    It was a fine victory over their opponents.
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  • Italian: più di
  • Russian: сверх
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  • Russian: за

  1. In radio communications: end of sentence, ready to receive reply.
    How do you receive? Over!
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over (overs, present participle overing; past and past participle overed)

  1. (UK, transitive, dialect, obsolete) To go over, or jump over.
    He overed the fence in good style.
  2. (UK, intransitive, dialect, obsolete) To run about.
    The cattle have been overing all day because of the flies.


over (plural overs)

  1. (rare, dialectal or obsolete) A shore, riverbank.
    The sea's over.
    • Cassibola was ready at Dover, & renged (encamped) his men by the over.

Proper noun
  1. A village/and/civil parish in South Cambridgeshire (OS grid ref TL3770).
  2. A suburban area in Winsford (OS grid ref SJ6366).
  3. A hamlet in Almondsbury, South Gloucestershire (OS grid ref ST5882)
  4. A hamlet near Gloucester (OS grid ref SO8119).
  5. A village in Seevetal, Lower Saxony.

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