adverb

  • 1Expressing passage or trajectory across an area.

    ‘he leant over and tapped me on the hand’
    • ‘I put it back to its original position and wandered over to the other side of the room.’
    • ‘Loud snores drifted over from one side of the room as someone had become so relaxed they'd fallen asleep.’
    • ‘I wander over to the opposite side of the arena.’
    • ‘As she went to climb over, she fell and clipped her feet on the wall and her whole body flipped and she landed on her head.’
    • ‘She dunked her head under water and when she came up she swam over to my side of the pool.’
    • ‘Then he bounded over to the opposite side of the busy pedestrian area to another target.’
    • ‘He crawled over to her side at once and picked up one of her hands, clenching it tightly in his grip.’
    • ‘He reached over and gently stroked the cat.’
    • ‘He leaned over and sloppily kissed her, and she could smell liquor on his breath.’
    • ‘He lifted me over and then one of them grabbed my hand.’
    • ‘It was a delight to watch the bird in flight as it flew over in the direction of Rookfield village.’
    • ‘He immediately rushed over to the area, which was in a barren part of the forest.’
    • ‘The gunman went directly over to him, and fired at least three shots.’
    1. 1.1In or to the place indicated.
      ‘I'm over here’
      • ‘As you reach the first curve, you put your arm over to the side and you feel the acceleration.’
      • ‘We've had a lot of fun over here in the last six years, but it's time to go home.’
      • ‘I used to read the Craven Herald when I lived over here and always pick it up when back in the area.’
      • ‘The other side of town is a virtual no go area for us living over here.’
      • ‘The scenery is brilliant, so why not take a trip west to see how we live over here.’
      • ‘I also have a friend who has lived over here for a while and he really sold the city to me as a great place to live.’
      • ‘I was drinking in the area so I popped over to have a quick look.’
      • ‘The live scene over there is very active, but the geography doesn't make touring easy.’
      • ‘Nick will do a fantastic job in America because he has played a lot over there.’
      • ‘Isabel often has friends over for coffee in this room, as there is a playroom for children nearby.’
      • ‘As the ugly scenes on the pitch spilled over into the crowd, police were called to the Corbet Field ground.’
      • ‘The machine is right over on the other side of the house, and it has never woken us up before.’
      • ‘This is incredibly popular in America and would generate lots of interest over here.’
      • ‘Drizzle the lemon juice over and then sprinkle each plate with a tablespoon of olive oil.’
      • ‘She says she wishes to have me over for coffee.’
      • ‘He's over in the kitchen area, wearing nothing but his hat and a baggy pair of Y-fronts.’
      • ‘Although the film is due out soon, she confessed she would prefer to have friends over for a visit than go to a premiere.’
      • ‘It is no use the Minister over there shouting across the floor of the House to me.’
      • ‘World ranking points are lower over here, of course, but the standard of play isn't as good.’
      • ‘He is sitting somewhere over on the far side of the room.’
  • 2Beyond and falling or hanging from a point.

    ‘she knocked the jug over’
    • ‘Some the stems of the flowers seem too weak to support the flower, so they bend over and sometimes break off.’
    • ‘It is designed to be difficult to knock over because of gyroscopes that work to keep it upright.’
    • ‘One of my parsley pots had fallen over, so I picked it up and put it down properly.’
    • ‘The two rear carriages tipped over on their sides before the train came to a halt.’
    • ‘It was thought that a candle had fallen over and set alight the paperwork in an office in the garage.’
    • ‘The oil drum where the male monkey had been sitting began to wobble from side to side and finally toppled right over.’
    • ‘In explanation the guard said that it had fallen over as the train was crossing the curve at Neville Hill.’
    • ‘It had toppled itself so far over to one side that it had pulled its roots out of the soil.’
  • 3Used to express action and result.

    ‘the car flipped over’
    ‘hand the money over’
    • ‘Initially doubtful, Bird was eventually won over and took control of the project.’
    • ‘The real eyesore was the derelict building we took over, which was covered in vandalism.’
    • ‘Some of us are all too keen on putting our views over and not listening to what's being said.’
    • ‘His shot from outside the area was just tipped over.’
    • ‘She wrapped it up in a piece of plastic and returned to the restaurant where she handed it over to the duty manager.’
    • ‘It is about keeping the invader out, rather than allowing him in and winning him over to your side.’
    • ‘I looked him over and quickly spotted a few cuts that had not been there the night before.’
    • ‘She had recently taken over as manager, and decided instead to keep it open.’
    • ‘The cards are turned back over and then the next turn begins with two more cards being chosen.’
    • ‘Just watch the amiable face cloud over as the subject of passing years is raised.’
    • ‘The boot gets tossed, it teeters on its side then rolls over with the shoe laces facing up.’
    • ‘He handed a small stack of bills over and soon Nathan found himself heading back to his own car.’
    • ‘He looked himself over; he was covered in a greenish substance that he did not recognize.’
    • ‘Why hand your cash over to a tout when you could work your passage, get a more secure sleeping area and get in for free?’
    • ‘I rolled over and then it was as if someone had thrown a lot of grit into my eyes.’
    • ‘It should also be the case that significant areas should be given over to free parking.’
    • ‘It will be preserved and covered over by the floor slab of the new building.’
    • ‘Indeed, Henry became so afraid of the cult that he ordered that the tomb be covered over.’
    • ‘You have to hand it over to a director and allow them to do what they want to it.’
    • ‘They also dug over an area of ground which will be used to grow herbs and tomatoes for the school kitchen.’
    1. 3.1Finished.
      ‘the match is over’
      ‘message understood, over and out’
      • ‘Why do so many women think the battle is over?’
      • ‘Sunday evening we managed to come out of our homes, not knowing if it was over or not.’
      • ‘Yet the action still wasn't over with the away side determined to rescue some lost pride.’
      • ‘Do you know exactly what you want to do with yourself once your undergrad degree is over?’
      • ‘I'm going to wait till it's over and then somehow talk to her.’
      • ‘He waited until the game at Celtic Park was over and then phoned his son.’
      • ‘When mass was over and more prayers had been said, each body would be brought to its grave by clergy and mourners.’
      • ‘This is comforting somehow; the phoney war is pretty much over and now the real fight begins.’
      • ‘The sterile and confrontational years should be declared over on all sides.’
      • ‘Once this was over we were then subjected to more searches and much x-raying of luggage.’
      • ‘Well, the UK General Election is over and not much has changed in the cold light of day.’
      • ‘The crisis was over, but both sides were fully aware of how close they had come to nuclear annihilation.’
      • ‘Our time together over, I shake hands, thank her for her candour and walk out the door.’
      • ‘Any chance of further reform across other areas is now over.’
      • ‘The question should be whether the halcyon days of direct foreign investment are over.’
      • ‘But the game was far from over and the home side were not going to go down without a fight.’
      • ‘Now, our national game is in disarray, our World Cup is over and even the Tartan Army have had enough.’
      • ‘The Indian series is over and almost immediately in this crowded age it is time to focus on Australia.’
      • ‘My long weekend is nearly over and then it is back to the drudgery of the workplace.’
      • ‘Fifty years of heartache is over for a former Rochdale man who has finally found the sister he has never met.’
  • 4Used to express repetition of a process.

    ‘the jukebox plays every song twice over’
    • ‘I loved the book so much that I have read it twice over.’
    • ‘If you could pick just one day of your life to live over again, which day would you choose?’
    • ‘As a healthcare professional that is what I observe over and again.’
    • ‘It was the longest sentence he said that day, but he repeated it several times over.’
    • ‘Of course we wouldn't live the same life over, that wouldn't be possible, would it?’

Pronunciation:

over

/ˈəʊvə/