overbear


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Related to overbear: perpetually, bothering, effortlessly, sedulously

o·ver·bear

 (ō′vər-bâr′)
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).

overbear

(ˌəʊvəˈbɛə)
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

o•ver•bear

(ˌoʊ vərˈbɛər)

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.
[1525–35]
o`ver•bear′er, n.

overbear


Past participle: overborne
Gerund: overbearing

Imperative
overbear
overbear
Present
I overbear
you overbear
he/she/it overbears
we overbear
you overbear
they overbear
Preterite
I overbore
you overbore
he/she/it overbore
we overbore
you overbore
they overbore
Present Continuous
I am overbearing
you are overbearing
he/she/it is overbearing
we are overbearing
you are overbearing
they are overbearing
Present Perfect
I have overborne
you have overborne
he/she/it has overborne
we have overborne
you have overborne
they have overborne
Past Continuous
I was overbearing
you were overbearing
he/she/it was overbearing
we were overbearing
you were overbearing
they were overbearing
Past Perfect
I had overborne
you had overborne
he/she/it had overborne
we had overborne
you had overborne
they had overborne
Future
I will overbear
you will overbear
he/she/it will overbear
we will overbear
you will overbear
they will overbear
Future Perfect
I will have overborne
you will have overborne
he/she/it will have overborne
we will have overborne
you will have overborne
they will have overborne
Future Continuous
I will be overbearing
you will be overbearing
he/she/it will be overbearing
we will be overbearing
you will be overbearing
they will be overbearing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been overbearing
you have been overbearing
he/she/it has been overbearing
we have been overbearing
you have been overbearing
they have been overbearing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been overbearing
you will have been overbearing
he/she/it will have been overbearing
we will have been overbearing
you will have been overbearing
they will have been overbearing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been overbearing
you had been overbearing
he/she/it had been overbearing
we had been overbearing
you had been overbearing
they had been overbearing
Conditional
I would overbear
you would overbear
he/she/it would overbear
we would overbear
you would overbear
they would overbear
Past Conditional
I would have overborne
you would have overborne
he/she/it would have overborne
we would have overborne
you would have overborne
they would have overborne
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.overbear - overcome; "overbear criticism, protest, or arguments"
dominate - be in control; "Her husband completely dominates her"
2.overbear - bear too much
bear, turn out - bring forth, "The apple tree bore delicious apples this year"; "The unidentified plant bore gorgeous flowers"
3.overbear - contract the abdominal muscles during childbirth to ease deliveryoverbear - contract the abdominal muscles during childbirth to ease delivery
constrict, compress, contract, compact, press, squeeze - squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle"
References in classic literature ?
But that I trust I shall find the means of saving Rowena, and thee, Athelstane, and thee, also, my poor Wamba, thou shouldst not overbear me in this matter.
If the Government obtains a confession by means that overbear the will of the accused, the resulting confession will be excludable on the grounds of a denial of due process of law.
4) Thus, police tactics permissible in one case might overbear the will in another.