2 adverb, adjective
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over2 S1 W1

falling down

from an upright position into a position of lying on a surface:
He was so drunk he fell over in the road.
Mind you don't knock the candle over.
Engineers are working to prevent the tower from toppling over.


so that someone or something is no longer straight or flat, but is bent or folded in the middle:
As Sheila bent over, a sudden pain shot up her back.
He folded the paper over and put it in his pocket.


a) from one side of an object, space, or area to the other side:
There are only three canoes so some people will have to swim over.
The wall was crumbling where children had climbed over.
I went over (=crossed the room, street etc) to say hello, but Vincent didn't recognize me.
over to
We flew over to the US to visit my Aunt Polly.
over from
One of my cousins is coming over from France with his wife and daughter.
Come over here and see what I've found.
b) in a place that is on the other side of a space or area:
Bill lives over on the other side of town.
She was standing over by the window.
Do you see that building over there?

in or to a place

in or to a particular house, city etc:
You really should come over and see our new house.
I spent the whole day over at Gabby's place.
We could drive over to Oxford this afternoon.


if an event or period of time is over, it has finished:
Is the meeting over yet?
over (and done) with (=used about something unpleasant)
I'm so glad the mid-term exams are over and done with.
You'd better give them the bad news. Do it now - get it over with.

to the side

towards one side:
The bus pulled over to the side of the road.
Would you move over, so I can sit next to you.


from one person or group to another:
The attacker was ordered to hand over his weapon.
Most of the money has been signed over to his children.


from one position or system to another:
The guards change over at midnight.
We switched over from electricity to gas because it was cheaper.


so that the bottom or the other side of something can now be seen:
Turn the box over and open it at that end.
Josh rolled over and went back to sleep.

more than

more than or higher than a particular number, amount, or level [≠ under]:
Almost 40% of women are size 14 or over.
People earning £33,000 and over will pay the higher rate of tax.


used before an adjective or adverb to mean 'very' or 'too':
She didn't seem over pleased when I asked her to wait.
Perhaps we were all over enthusiastic about the project.


an amount of something that is over is what remains after some of it has been used:
There should be some money over when I've paid all the bills.
There was a little food left over from the party.


used to show that something is completely covered with a substance or material:
Most of the windows have been boarded over.
Parts of the river were iced over.
over with
The door had been painted over with a bright red varnish.


above someone or something:
We stood on the roof watching the planes fly over.


in a detailed and careful way:
After talking it over with my wife, I've decided to retire.
I'll need time to read the contract over before I sign.
Think it over carefully before you make a decision.


American English if you start or do something over, you do it again:
I got mixed up and had to start over.

over and over (again)

many times:
The way to learn the script is to say it to yourself over and over again.

twice over/three times over etc

a) used to say how many times the same thing happens:
He sings each song twice over.
The pattern is repeated many times over.
b) used to say by how much an amount is multiplied:
Trade between the two countries has increased five times over.

all over again

used to emphasize that you do the whole of something again from the beginning, or that the same thing happens again:
Their first plan had gone wrong, so they had to start all over again.
We had quarrelled about the money before, and now it was happening all over again.

over to somebody

used to say that it is now someone else's turn to do something, to speak etc:
I've done my best. Now it's over to the professionals.

radio message

spoken used when communicating by radio to show that you have finished speaking:
Are you hearing me loud and clear? Over.

over against something

formal used to say what something is compared to or preferred to:
The Celtic Church maintained the Greek calendar over against that of Rome.

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