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over
American English: /ˈoʊvər/
British English: /ˈəʊvə/
over often appears as the second element of certain verb structures in English ( blow over, knock over, pore over, etc). For translations, see the relevant verb entry ( blow, knock, pore, etc).

adverb

  • 1 (overhead) a plane flies over every five minutes
    pasa un avión cada cinco minutos
  • 2 2.1 (across) See examples: come over here! look over there!
    ¡mira allí!
    he's looking over this way
    está mirando hacia aquí
    he came over to say hello
    vino or se acercó a saludar
    she called me over
    me llamó (desde el otro lado)
    I'm just going over to the butcher's
    voy a cruzar un momento a la carnicería
    could you take me over to Nick's?
    ¿podrías llevarme a casa de Nick?
    you must come over sometime!
    ¡tienes que venir un día!
    I'll be right over
    enseguida estoy allí
    I'd like to ask them over for dinner
    quisiera invitarlos a cenar
    he made his way over to the exit
    se dirigió a la salida
    he reached over and took the money
    se estiró y tomó el dinero
    we looked over into the garden
    miramos el jardín
    (por encima de un muro etc)
    we can jump over
    podemos saltar por encima
    I can row you over
    yo te puedo llevar en bote al otro lado
    the journey over to/from France
    el viaje hasta/desde Francia
    we didn't make it over to Ireland in the end
    al final no cruzamos a Irlanda
    how did you come? — I drove/flew over
    ¿cómo viniste? — en coche/avión
    let's cross over
    crucemos (la calle)
    2.2 (in another place) See examples: she was sitting over there/here
    estaba sentada allí/aquí
    over on the far bank
    en la otra orilla
    he's over in England
    está en Inglaterra
    she's over from London
    ha venido de Londres
    how long are you over (here) for?
    ¿cuánto tiempo te vas a quedar (aquí)?
    come over, → go over
    2.3 (on other page, TV station etc) See examples: see over
    véase al dorso
    for the latest news, over to New York
    para las últimas noticias, conectamos ahora con Nueva York
  • 3 3.1 (out of upright position) See examples: to knock something over
    tirar or (Andes) botar algo (de un golpe)
    to tip something over
    volcar algo
    3.2 (onto other side) See examples: let's get her over onto her back
    pongámosla boca arriba
    see also turn over
  • 4 (across entire surface) See examples: to wipe something over
    pasarle un trapo a algo
    scientists the world over
    los científicos de todo el mundo
    she's traveled the world over
  • 5 (Telecom) over and out!
    corto y fuera
  • 6 (finished) See examples: the film was over by 11 o'clock
    la película terminó or acabó antes de las 11
    as soon as the war was over
    en cuanto terminó la guerra
    it's all over between us
    lo nuestro se ha acabado
    ya no hay nada entre nosotros
    it's all over with him
    he ( or ha etc) terminado or roto con él
    when the storm is over
    cuando haya pasado la tormenta
    the worst is over to be over (and done) with
    haber terminado or acabado
    once the exams are over with
    cuando hayan terminado or acabado los exámenes
  • 7 (as intensifier) twice/ten times over
    dos/diez veces
    she says everything three times over
    todo lo repite tres veces
  • 8 (again)
    (American English)
    otra vez
    we had to start over
    tuvimos que volver a empezar
    Example sentences
    • If you could pick just one day of your life to live over again, which day would you choose?
    • Of course we wouldn't live the same life over, that wouldn't be possible, would it?
    • As a healthcare professional that is what I observe over and again.
  • 9 (remaining) See examples: if you have any material over
    si te sobra or te queda tela
    3 into 10 goes 3 and 1 over
    10 dividido (por) 3 cabe a 3 y sobra 1
  • 10 (more) anyone earning $25,000 or over
    cualquiera que gane 25.000 dólares o más
    los que ganan a partir de 25.000 dólares
    all words of six letters and over
    todas las palabras de seis letras o más
  • 11 (very, excessively)
    (careful/aggressive)
  • 12all over 12.1 (everywhere)
    por todas partes
    I've been looking all over for you
    te he estado buscando por todas partes
    12.2 (over entire surface) See examples: the tabletop is scratched all over
    el tablero de la mesa está todo rayado
    the walls are spattered all over with paint
    las paredes están todas salpicadas de pintura
    I'm aching/itching all over
    me duele/pica todo (el cuerpo)
    she was trembling all over
    estaba temblando de pies a cabeza
    12.3 (through and through) [colloquial]that's her/Dee all over
    eso es típico de ella/de Dee
    12.4 (finished) See examples: to be all over see over 2 12
  • 13(all) over again (once more from beginning)to start (all) over again
    volver a empezar (desde cero)
    empezar de nuevo
    I had to type it (all) over again
    tuve que volver a pasarlo a máquina
    tuve que pasarlo a máquina otra vez
  • 14over against 14.1 (next to) 14.2 (opposite)
    enfrente de
    14.3 (compared with)
    (especially British English)
  • 15over and over (repeatedly) (rolling) See examples: turning over and over as it fell
    rodando al caer

preposition

  • 1 (across) See examples: you can jump over the fence
    puedes saltar (por encima de) la valla
    they built a bridge over the river
    construyeron un puente sobre el río
    she helped him over the street
    le ayudó a cruzar la calle
    she peered over his shoulder
    atisbó por encima de su hombro
    to sling something over one's arm/shoulder
    colgarse algo del brazo/hombro
    the village over the river
    el pueblo al otro lado del río
    they live over the road/way (British English)
    viven en frente
  • 2 2.1 (above) the room over the kitchen
    la habitación que está encima de or sobre or (in Latin America also) arriba de la cocina
    the portrait hangs over the fireplace
    el retrato está colgado encima de or (in Latin America also) arriba de la chimenea
    the water was over my waist
    el agua me llegaba por encima de la cintura
    a cold front over the Atlantic
    un frente frío sobre el Atlántico
    2.2 (Mathematics)
  • 3 (covering, on) See examples: with just a blanket over her
    con solo una manta encima
    there are grilles over the windows
    hay rejas en las ventanas
    she wears a patch over one eye
    lleva un parche en un ojo
    snow was falling over the countryside
    nevaba sobre la campiña
    you'll get oil over your shirt
    te vas a salpicar la camisa de aceite
    my room looks out over the square
    mi habitación da a la plaza
    he pulled his hat down over his eyes
    se encasquetó el sombrero tapándose los ojos
    we just painted over the wallpaper
    pintamos encima del papel
    he put a coat on over his pajamas
    se puso un abrigo encima del pijama
    the sweater won't go over my head
    el suéter no me pasa por la cabeza
    she held her hand over her glass
    tapó la copa con la mano
    she hit me over the head with her stick
    me dio con el bastón en la cabeza
  • 4 4.1 (more than)
    más de
    (well) over 7m
    (bastante) más de 7m
    think of a number over 10
    piensa en un número mayor de or que 10
    over the rate of inflation
    por encima de la tasa de inflación
    4.2over and above (in addition to) over and above the basic salary
    además del salario base
  • 5 5.1 (senior to)
    por encima de
    to be over somebody
    estar por encima de alguien
    5.2 (indicating superiority) to have control/power over somebody/something
    tener control/poder sobre alguien/algo
    victory over somebody/something
    victoria (feminine) sobre alguien/algo
  • 6 6.1 (in preference to) See examples: why did she get promoted over me?
    ¿por qué la ascendieron a ella pasándome por encima a mí?
    6.2 (in comparison to) See examples: sales are up 20% over last year
    las ventas han aumentado un 20% con respecto al año pasado
    she has one great advantage over her rivals
    tiene una gran ventaja sobre sus rivales
  • 7 (through, all around) See examples: to show somebody over a building/an estate
    mostrarle or (especially Spain) enseñarle un edificio/una finca a alguien
    over an area of 50km2
    en un área de 50km2
    if you think back over recent weeks
    si repasas mentalmente las últimas semanas
    I've been over the details with her
    he repasado los detalles con ella
    we've been over and over what happened
    hemos vuelto una y otra vez sobre lo que sucedió
  • 8 8.1 (during, in the course of) See examples: over the years, the memory faded
    con los años, se desvaneció el recuerdo
    over the past/next few years
    en or durante los últimos/próximos años
    we can discuss it over lunch/a drink
    podemos hablarlo mientras comemos/tomamos una copa
    I've been three hours over this letter already
    ya me he pasado tres horas con esta carta
    don't be too long over your shower/over changing
    no tardes mucho en ducharte/cambiarte
    8.2 (throughout) See examples: what are you doing over the weekend?
    ¿qué vas a hacer el fin de semana?
    we'll be in Italy over the summer
    pasaremos el verano en Italia
    spread (out) over six weeks/a six-week period
    a lo largo de seis semanas
    en un plazo de seis semanas
    if we spread the payments over a longer period
    si espaciamos los pagos durante un período más largo
  • 9 (referring to experiences, illnesses) See examples: is she over her measles yet?
    ¿ya se ha repuesto del sarampión?
    it was a terrible blow, she isn't over it yet
    fue un golpe muy duro y aún no se ha repuesto
    we're over the worst now
    ya hemos pasado lo peor
    he isn't over her yet
    todavía la quiere
  • 10 (by the medium of) to talk over the telephone
    hablar por teléfono
    over the radio/the loudspeaker
    por la radio/el altavoz
    over the satellite link
    vía satélite
  • 11 (about, on account of) See examples: to cry/laugh over something
    llorar/reírse por algo
    they had an argument over money
    discutieron por asuntos de dinero
    they were fighting over the doll
    se estaban peleando por la muñeca
  • 12all over 12.1 (over entire surface of) See examples: there are black marks all over the floor
    hay marcas negras por todo el suelo
    the oil went all over her
    se manchó toda de aceite
    to be all over somebody [colloquial] (defeat heavily)
    darle una paliza a alguien [colloquial]
    (be demonstrative toward) See examples: the dog's all over me as soon as I sit down
    en cuanto me siento, el perro se me echa encima
    they were all over each other
    estaban de lo más acaramelados [colloquial]
    12.2 (throughout) See examples: all over town/the house
    por toda la ciudad/la casa
    I've been all over the place looking for you
    te he estado buscando por todas partes

noun

  • (in cricket)
    over (masculine)
    (serie de seis lanzamientos)
    Example sentences
    • He would bowl six overs, take wickets and get taken off because he was so unfit.
    • As on Saturday, play went on late because Worcestershire bowled their overs so slowly.
    • At that stage, scoring at eight runs an over appeared to be a fantastic display.

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