over adverb, preposition Meaning in the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary
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Meaning of “over” - Learner’s Dictionary

over

adverb, preposition
 
 
/ˈəʊvər/
ABOVE B1 above or higher than something: The sign over the door said "Private, No Entry". A fighter plane flew over.Above and over
SIDE TO SIDE B1 If you walk, jump, climb, etc over an object or place, you go from one side of it to the other side: We had to climb over large rocks to get to the beach.Above and overGeneral words for movement
AMOUNT A2 more than a particular amount, number, or age: Over 5,000 Internet users contact our website every year. Suitable for children aged 5 and over.Large in number or quantity
OPPOSITE SIDE B1 on or to the opposite side of a road, bridge, path, etc: The station is over the bridge.Above and overThrough, across, opposite and against
COVER A2 covering someone or something: She placed the quilt over the bed.Above and over
DOWN down from a higher to a lower position: The little boy fell over and started to cry. She tripped over the rug.Above and overGeneral words for movement
PLACE B1 to a particular place: Could you bring the plates over here (= bring them to this place). Why don't you come over (= come to my home) on Friday evening? He was sent over there during the war.Through, across, opposite and against
TIME B1 during a particular period of time: I was in Seattle over the summer.Simultaneous and consecutiveOrder and sequence
ABOUT connected with or about: It's stupid arguing over something so trivial.Regarding and concerningLinking and relating
NOT USED not used: There's some food left over from the party.Using and misusing
USING B2 using the radio or telephone: I made the booking over the phone.Communications technology - general words
be/get over sth to feel better after being sick or feeling unhappy about something: It took him months to get over breaking up with his girlfriend.Recovering from illness
do sth over US to do something again from the beginning because you did not do it well the first time: You've ruined it! Now I'll have to do it over.Continually and repeatedly
(all) over again B2 again from the beginning: It looks all messy. I'm going to have to do it all over again.Continually and repeatedly
over and over (again) B2 repeatedly: He was whistling the same tune over and over.Continually and repeatedly
roll/turn, etc (sth) over B2 to move so that a different part is showing, or to make something do this: She turned the page over.General words for movement
CONTROL in control of someone or something: Her husband has a lot of influence over her. She manages three people and has a sales director over her (= with a higher rank than her).Controlling and being in charge
(Definition of over adverb, preposition from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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