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tr.v. o·ver·bore (-bôr′), o·ver·borne (-bôrn′), o·ver·bear·ing, o·ver·bears
1. To press down on or overwhelm with physical force: "She could feel their impatience like a lethal wave overbearing her hunched shoulders, poised to come crashing down" (John Trenhaile).
2. To dominate or overcome: "He was an old man now, overborne with anxiety of late, and his tears fell" (Charles Dickens).
vb, -bears, -bearing, -bore or -borne
1. (tr) to dominate or overcome: to overbear objections.
2. (tr) to press or bear down with weight or physical force
3. (Biology) to produce or bear (fruit, progeny, etc) excessively
v. -bore, -borne, -bear•ing. v.t.
1. to overwhelm by weight or force.
2. to prevail over; overrule.
3. to dominate.v.i.
4. to produce fruit or progeny so abundantly as to impair the health.
Past participle: overborne
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|Verb||1.||overbear - overcome; "overbear criticism, protest, or arguments"|
dominate - be in control; "Her husband completely dominates her"
|2.||overbear - bear too much|
|3.||overbear - contract the abdominal muscles during childbirth to ease delivery|