From Middle English oversitten (“to gain possession of”), from Old English ofersittan (“to occupy, possess; forbear”), from Proto-Germanic *uber (“over”) + *sitjaną (“to sit”), corresponding to over- + sit.
- to preside over, govern, rule; to control
- to conquer, gain control or owndom of
1903, Robert Smith Surtees, Handley Cross:
- Let me, however, entreat of you, above all things, to remember my ball, and do not let them oversit the thing so as not to get to it.
- to grasp, comprehend; to understand
- (archaic) to neglect, omit; to desist, refrain from, forbear
1881, Thomas Edward Bridgett, History of the Holy Eucharist in Great Britain:
- And he greatly reproaches those who ' forget or oversit the time of housel,' […]
- (archaic) to overstay, outstay, overlinger
- (slang) to be misunderstood; to misread, misunderstand
- Nobody understands me, they all oversit me.
oversit (plural oversits)
- governance, authority, possession, control
1873, Adalbert Müller, Venice: her art-treasures and historical associations:
- Repeatedly ornamented and enriched in succeeding centuries, the church of St. Mark's was at first only the courtchapel of the Doge, who exercised an extensive patronage oversit, […]
1926, Edward Montagu Montagu, Report on the manuscripts of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry:
- Feveryere, who had the oversit of all the work.