adverb

  • 1Expressing passage or trajectory across an area.

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

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

    ‘the car flipped over’
    ‘hand the money over’
    • ‘She wrapped it up in a piece of plastic and returned to the restaurant where she handed it over to the duty manager.’
    • ‘He looked himself over; he was covered in a greenish substance that he did not recognize.’
    • ‘Some of us are all too keen on putting our views over and not listening to what's being said.’
    • ‘The cards are turned back over and then the next turn begins with two more cards being chosen.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Initially doubtful, Bird was eventually won over and took control of the project.’
    • ‘I looked him over and quickly spotted a few cuts that had not been there the night before.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I rolled over and then it was as if someone had thrown a lot of grit into my eyes.’
    • ‘Just watch the amiable face cloud over as the subject of passing years is raised.’
    • ‘The real eyesore was the derelict building we took over, which was covered in vandalism.’
    • ‘It is about keeping the invader out, rather than allowing him in and winning him over to your side.’
    • ‘You have to hand it over to a director and allow them to do what they want to it.’
    • ‘She had recently taken over as manager, and decided instead to keep it open.’
    • ‘His shot from outside the area was just tipped over.’
    • ‘He handed a small stack of bills over and soon Nathan found himself heading back to his own car.’
    • ‘They also dug over an area of ground which will be used to grow herbs and tomatoes for the school kitchen.’
    • ‘The boot gets tossed, it teeters on its side then rolls over with the shoe laces facing up.’
    • ‘It should also be the case that significant areas should be given over to free parking.’
    1. 3.1 Finished.
      ‘the match is over’
      ‘message understood, over and out’
      • ‘This is comforting somehow; the phoney war is pretty much over and now the real fight begins.’
      • ‘Now, our national game is in disarray, our World Cup is over and even the Tartan Army have had enough.’
      • ‘Do you know exactly what you want to do with yourself once your undergrad degree is over?’
      • ‘He waited until the game at Celtic Park was over and then phoned his son.’
      • ‘The Indian series is over and almost immediately in this crowded age it is time to focus on Australia.’
      • ‘The sterile and confrontational years should be declared over on all sides.’
      • ‘Sunday evening we managed to come out of our homes, not knowing if it was over or not.’
      • ‘Our time together over, I shake hands, thank her for her candour and walk out the door.’
      • ‘The question should be whether the halcyon days of direct foreign investment are over.’
      • ‘When mass was over and more prayers had been said, each body would be brought to its grave by clergy and mourners.’
      • ‘The crisis was over, but both sides were fully aware of how close they had come to nuclear annihilation.’
      • ‘Why do so many women think the battle is over?’
      • ‘Yet the action still wasn't over with the away side determined to rescue some lost pride.’
      • ‘Once this was over we were then subjected to more searches and much x-raying of luggage.’
      • ‘I'm going to wait till it's over and then somehow talk to her.’
      • ‘Any chance of further reform across other areas is now over.’
      • ‘Well, the UK General Election is over and not much has changed in the cold light of day.’
      • ‘But the game was far from over and the home side were not going to go down without a fight.’
      • ‘Fifty years of heartache is over for a former Rochdale man who has finally found the sister he has never met.’
      • ‘My long weekend is nearly over and then it is back to the drudgery of the workplace.’
      at an end, finished, concluded, terminated, no more, ended, extinct, gone, dead, a thing of the past, ancient history
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  • 4Used to express repetition of a process.

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