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"over" in British English

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overpreposition

uk   /ˈəʊ.vər/  us   /ˈoʊ.vɚ/

over preposition (HIGHER POSITION)

B1 above or ​higher than something ​else, sometimes so that one thing ​covers the other; above: The ​sign over the ​door said "Exit". She ​held the ​umbrella over both of us. Helicopters ​droppedleaflets over the ​city. I put my ​hands over my ​eyes/​ears because I couldn't ​bear to ​watch/​listen. I couldn't ​hear what she was saying over the ​noise of the ​planes taking off (= the ​planes were ​louder than her ​voice).
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over preposition (COVERING)

A2 in a ​position that is ​covering something: Put a ​cleancloth over the ​cakes while they ​cool. I put a ​shawl over my ​shoulders.

over preposition (ACROSS)

B1 across from one ​side to the other, ​especially by going up and then down: She ​jumped over the ​gate. The ​road goes over the ​mountains, not through a ​tunnel. She is always ​chatting with her ​neighbour over the ​gardenfence. From the ​top of the ​tower you could ​see for ​miles over the ​city. Tanks ​travel over the most ​difficultground.
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over preposition (FALLING)

falling down from ​somewhere: The ​coinrolled over the ​edge of the ​table. Harold ​jumped out of the ​car just before it went over the ​cliff. falling because of ​stepping on something: She ​tripped over a ​toylying on the ​path.

over preposition (MORE THAN)

A2 more than: Most of the ​carpetscost/are over $5,000. Children over the ​age of twelve (= ​older than twelve)pay the ​fullprice. I ​valuequality of ​life over ​money.A2 increasing to ​further than a ​particularlimit or ​point: They are already $25 million over ​budget.over and above in ​addition to: They ​receiveextramoney over and above the ​usualwelfarepayments.
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over preposition (OTHER SIDE)

B1 on the other ​side of: There's a ​bar over the ​road we could go to. The ​storycontinues over the ​page.
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over preposition (CONNECTED WITH)

C2 (referring to a ​cause of ​interest, ​worry, ​discussion, etc.) ​connected with or about: There's no ​point in ​arguing over something so ​unimportant. I need ​time to talk/​think over ​yourproposal (= to ​discuss/​consider it ​carefully). The ​legalbattle was over who should have ​custody of the ​child.
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over preposition (DURING)

B1 during something, or while doing something: I was in Seattle over the ​summer. Shall we ​discuss it over ​lunch/over a ​drink? They took/​spent an ​hour over ​lunch (= ​theirmeallasted an ​hour). It's ​fascinating to ​watch how a ​babychanges and ​develops over time (= as ​timepasses).
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over preposition (FEELING BETTER)

be/get over sth
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to ​feelphysically or ​mentallybetter after an ​illness or an ​upsettingexperience: It ​takes you a while to get over an ​illness like that. His ​girlfriendbroke up with him last ​year and he's not over her ​yet. He's not ​fullyrecovered, but he's over the ​worst (= has ​experienced the ​worststage of the ​illness and is now ​improving).

over preposition (CONTROL)

C2 in ​control of or ​teaching someone or something: A good ​teacher has an ​easyauthority over a ​class. She's a ​salesmanager but she has a ​regionalsalesdirector over (= with a ​higherrank than) her. The ​victory over the ​French at Waterloo was Wellington's ​greatesttriumph.
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over preposition (USING)

B2 using: They ​spoke over the ​phone. We ​heard the ​news over the ​radio.
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over preposition (MATHEMATICS)

sometimes used when ​talking about a ​calculation in which one ​number is ​divided by another ​number: 40 over 7 is ​roughly 6.

overadverb

uk   /ˈəʊ.vər/  us   /ˈoʊ.vɚ/

over adverb (DOWN)

from a ​higher to a ​lowerposition; down: The ​lamp fell over and ​broke. He was run/​knocked over by a ​taxi.UK The little ​boy fell over and ​started to ​cry.

over adverb (ACROSS)

B1 across; from one ​side or ​place to another: She ​leaned over and ​kissed me. A ​fighterplaneflew over. Why don't you come over (= come to my ​house) for ​dinner on ​Thursday? A ​friend of mine from France is over ​visiting us this ​week (= a ​friend came from France and is ​staying with us). Now we're going over to (= there will be a ​broadcast from) Wembley for ​commentary on the Cup Final. Come over here - it's ​warmer. Who's that man over there?B2 used to ​describe the way an ​objectmoves or is ​moved so that a different ​part of it is ​facing up: She ​turned another ​page over. The ​dogrolled over onto ​its back. The ​childrenrolled over and over (= ​turned over many ​times) down the ​gentleslope. changing or ​exchangingposition: Would you ​mind changing/​swapping those ​plates over? She changed over toediting frommarketing. Why should we hand over the ​money to them? I've done everything I can - now it's over to you (= it's ​yourturn to take ​action).
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over adverb (HIGHER POSITION)

above or ​higher than something ​else, sometimes so that one thing ​covers the other: A ​fighterplaneflew over. A man came to ​paint over (= ​cover with ​paint) the ​cracks in the ​wall.

over adverb (MORE THAN)

A2 more than a ​particularamount or ​level: People who are 65 ​yearsold and over can get ​half-pricetickets.
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over adverb (FINISHED)

B1 (​especially of an ​event) ​finished: I'll be ​glad when the ​competition is over. I used to have a ​thrivingbusiness and a ​happymarriage, but that's all over now.over and done with C2 completelyfinished: She gets ​unpleasanttasks over and done with as ​quickly as ​possible.
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over adverb (EXTRA)

extra; not used: I have some ​euros left over from the last ​time I was in France.UK When all the ​guests had gone, we ​realized there was ​lots of ​food over.
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over adverb (AGAIN)

US again or ​repeatedly: You ​ruined it - now I'll have to do it over!
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over adverb (FINISHED TALKING)

said when you are ​talking to someone by ​radio, to ​mean that you have ​finishedspeaking and will ​wait for ​theiranswer: "This is ​flight 595X. Do you ​read me? Over."over and out said when you are ​talking to someone by ​radio in ​order to end the ​conversation: "Thank you, ​controltower. Over and out."

overnoun [C]

uk   /ˈəʊ.vər/  us   /ˈoʊ.vɚ/
(in ​cricket) a set of six bowls (= ​throws) from the same end of the ​field

over-prefix

uk   /əʊ.vər-/  us   /oʊ.vɚ-/
(Definition of over from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"over" in American English

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overpreposition

 us   /ˈoʊ·vər/

over preposition (ABOVE)

in, to, on, or at a ​position above or ​higher than something ​else, sometimes so that one thing ​covers the other; above: The ​sign over the ​door said, "Private." He put a ​sweater on over his ​shirt. The ​horsejumped over the ​fence. I couldn’t ​hear what she said over the ​sound of the ​music (= The ​music was ​louder than her ​voice).

over preposition (ACROSS)

across from one ​side to the other, esp. by going up and then down: Once we get over the ​bridge we’ll ​stop for ​lunch. She ​tripped over the ​rug. The ​car went over the ​cliff (= ​across the ​edge of it). Over also ​means on the other ​side of: Their ​house is just over the ​river.

over preposition (MORE THAN)

more than: Most of these ​rugscost over $1000. Children over 12 (= ​older than 12)payfullprice. If someone or something goes over a ​limit or ​point, it ​increases beyond it: Construction ​costs are already $25 million over ​budget.

over preposition (CALCULATE)

mathematics infml divided by

over preposition (USING)

using a ​device such as a ​telephone: They ​spoke over the ​phone. We ​transferfiles over the ​Internet.

over preposition (DURING)

during a ​period of ​time, or while doing something: She made a lot of ​changes over the past six ​months. Can we ​discuss this over ​lunch?

over preposition (AUTHORITY)

greater in ​authority, ​power, or ​position than: Parents ​want to have ​control over ​theirchildren.

over preposition (ABOUT)

about or ​connected with: There’s no ​point in ​arguing over this.

over preposition (FINISHED)

(esp. of ​illness) no ​longersuffering from: Is he over the ​fluyet? His ​wifedied last ​year and he’s still not over it.

overadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈoʊ·vər/

over adverb [not gradable] (DOWN)

from a ​higher to a ​lowerposition; down: The little ​boyfell over and ​started to ​cry.

over adverb [not gradable] (AGAIN)

again or ​repeatedly: You’ve ​ruined it – now I’ll have to do it over.

over adverb [not gradable] (ACROSS)

Over also ​describes the way an ​object moves or is moved so that a different ​part of it is ​facing up: The ​dogrolled over onto ​its back.

overadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈoʊ·vər/

over adjective [not gradable] (FINISHED)

(esp. of an ​event) ​finished, ​completed, or ​ended: I’ll be ​glad when the ​meeting is over. The ​game was over by 5 o’clock. I'm ​worried about the ​test, but at least it will be all over (= ​completelyfinished)in an ​hour.

over-prefix

 us   /ˌoʊ·vər/

over prefix (MORE THAN)

too much or more than ​usual: overpriced overdressed He’s always been an overachiever.
(Definition of over from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"over" in Business English

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overadverb

uk   us   /ˈəʊvər/
more or greater than: Free ​delivery on ​orders over $25. Over 80% of ​temporaryworkers are part-timers. The ​cablecompany has ​viewers in over 5 million ​households. Shares ​fell by just over 1 ​percent to 1,327p.
during a particular ​period of ​time: The ​loan can be ​paid back in ​instalments over 12 months. Sales went up 300% over only six weeks.
go over (sth) to become or make something become greater than a particular ​limit of ​time, ​money, etc. : These ​additionalcosts made the ​project go over. Be prepared to go over ​budget.
(Definition of over from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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