One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1To pass or spread over in a hostile or injurious way; to overrun, infest.
2with object To surpass, exceed, excel.
3with object To overcome, overpower, get the better of (by force, deceit, etc.); to oppress, overwhelm.
4with object To go or rise higher than, or over the top of. Now rare.
Old English (in an earlier sense). Cognate with or formed similarly to Middle Dutch overgaen (Dutch overgaan), Middle Low German ȫvergān, Old High German ubargān (Middle High German übergān, übergēn, German übergehen), Old Swedish öfwerga (Swedish övergå) from the Germanic base of over- + the Germanic base of go.
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