American English

Definition of over adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1For the special uses of over in phrasal verbs, look at the entries for the verbs. For example, take something over is in the phrasal verb section at take. downward and away from a vertical position Try not to knock that vase over. The wind must have blown it over.
  2. 2from one side to another side She turned over onto her front. The car skidded off the road and rolled over and over.
  3. 3across a street, an open space, etc. I stopped and crossed over. He rowed us over to the other side of the lake. They have gone over to France. This is my aunt who's over from Ireland. I went over (= across the room) and asked her name. Let's ask some friends over (= to our home). Put it down over there.
  4. 4so as to cover someone or something completely The lake was frozen over. Cover her over with a blanket.
  5. 5above; more children of 14 and over You get an A grade for scores of 75 and over.
  6. 6remaining; not used or needed If there's any food left over, put it in the refrigerator.
  7. 7again He repeated it several times over until he could remember it. It's all wrong—you'll have to do it over.
  8. 8ended By the time we arrived the meeting was over. Thank goodness that's over! I was glad when it was over and done with.
  9. 9used to talk about someone or something changing position He's gone over to the enemy (= joined them). Please change the wheels over (= for example, put the front wheels at the back). Hand over the money!
  10. 10used when communicating by radio Message received. Over (= it is your turn to speak). Message understood.Over and out.
  11. Idioms
    (all) over again
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    a second time from the beginning He did the work so badly that I had to do it all over again myself.
    over against something
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    in contrast with something
    over and over (again)
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    many times; repeatedly I've told you over and over again not to do that.
    over to you
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    used to say that it is someone's turn to do something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: over