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over

If something is over it is finished, across, or above. When a movie is over, you get up and leave. A blanket that's over your feet covers your toes. A painting over a fireplace hangs above it.

Over is related to the German word über, meaning "above," like putting one piece of paper over another, or a ruling over your school, you popular person. Over can describe a distant position: your phone is over there. Or it can mean "throughout an area," like traveling over roads and oceans, or going over the plan before the team starts working.

Definitions of over
  1. adverb
    beyond the top or upper surface or edge; forward from an upright position
    “a roof that hangs over
  2. adverb
    at or to a point across intervening space etc.
    “come over and see us some time”
    over there”
  3. adverb
    throughout an area
    “he is known the world over
  4. adverb
    over the entire area
    “everything was dusted over with a fine layer of soot”
    synonyms: all over
  5. adjective
    having come or been brought to a conclusion
    synonyms: all over, complete, concluded, ended, terminated
    finished
    ended or brought to an end
  6. adverb
    throughout a period of time
    “stay over the weekend”
    synonyms: o'er
  7. noun
    (cricket) the division of play during which six balls are bowled at the batsman by one player from the other team from the same end of the pitch
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    types:
    maiden, maiden over
    (cricket) an over in which no runs are scored
    type of:
    division, part, section
    one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole
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