• (British) IPA: /əʊvəˈɡəʊ/

overgo (overgoes, present participle overgoing; past overwent, past participle overgone)

  1. (now rare) To cross, go over (a barrier etc.); to surmount. [from 8th c.]
  2. (obsolete) To pass (a figurative barrier); to transgress. [8th-19th c.]
    • 1882, John Payne, trans., The Thousand Nights and One Night, vol 3:
      How many an one in its vanities hath gloried and taken pride, / Till froward and arrogant thus he grew and did all bounds o'ergo!
  3. (intransitive, now UK dialectal) To pass by, pass away; often, to go unnoticed. [from 9th c.]
    • 1818, John Keats, Endymion, II:
      He did not rave, he did not stare aghast, / For all those visions were o'ergone, and past [...].
  4. To spread across (something); to overrun. [from 10th c.]
  5. To go over, move over the top of, travel across the surface of; to traverse, travel through. [from 13th c.]
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.iii:
      forward rode, and kept her readie way / Along the strond, which as she ouer-went, / She saw bestrowed all with rich aray / Of pearles and pretious stones of great assay [...].
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, The Praise of Knowledge:
      The fixed stars overgo Saturn, and so in them and all the rest, all is but one motion, and the nearer the earth the slower – a motion also whereof air and water do participate, though much interrupted.
  6. To go beyond; to exceed, surpass. [from 13th c.]
    • 1597, William Shakespeare, Richard III, II.2:
      O, what cause have I, / Thine being but a moiety of my grief, / To overgo thy plaints and drown thy cries!
    • 1992, Domna C Stanton, Discourses of Sexuality, p. 177:
      He seeks to persuade the queen not merely to emulate the Amazons' vigilant territoriality but to overgo them by emulating the Spaniards' rampant invasiveness.
  7. To get the better of; to overcome, overpower. [from 13th c.]
    • 1594, Christopher Marlowe, Dido, Queen of Carthage, Act I:
      Both barking Scylla, and the sounding rocks, / The Cyclops' shelves, and grim Ceraunia's seat, / Have you o'ergone, and yet remain alive.
  8. (obsolete) To overtake, go faster than. [15th-17th c.]
    • 1598, George Chapman, trans. Homer, Iliad, book VI:
      If it chance, that we be overgone / By his more swiftness, urge him still to run upon our fleet, / And (lest he 'scape us to the town) still let thy javelin meet / With all his offers of retreat.
  9. (obsolete) To cover.
    • Chapman
      All which, my thoughts say, they shall never do, But rather, that the earth shall overgo Some one at least.
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  • (British) IPA: /ˈəʊvəɡəʊ/

overgo (plural overgoes)

  1. (genetics) A sequence of overlapping oligonucleotides, used to design hybridization.
    • 1999, Birren & Green, Genome Analysis, p. 207:
      Mixtures of such specific "overgo" probes can be used to screen arrayed library filters by DNA-DNA hybridization [...].
    • 2004, Detrich, Westerfield & Zon, The Zebrafish: Genetics, Genomics and Informatics, p. 318:
      Hybridization of multiple overgoes produces many clones, perhaps 40 clones at a time.

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