Definition of overwinter in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈōvərˈwin(t)ər/


[no object]
1 [with adverbial of place] Spend the winter: many birds overwinter in equatorial regions
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  • The film director humorously compared the number of people who rectified their name with the number of black-faced spoonbills, a protected migratory bird that overwinters in Taiwan.
  • Though the population is still fragile, today as many as 1,000 birds overwinter in the state.
  • Most of them overwinter elsewhere, like the broad-tailed and rufous hummingbirds that pass the cold months in central Mexico, migrating back in summer to drink flow-er nectar and make their chicks on high.
2(Of an insect, plant, etc.) live through the winter: the germinated seeds will overwinter
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  • When temperatures drop, stable flies overwinter as larvae or pupae in piles of larval breeding material.
  • Larvae overwinter in the stalk, pupate in early summer, and adults emerge from June to September.
  • Seedcorn beetles overwinter as adults or pupae.

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Syllabification: o·ver·win·ter

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