oversit

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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.

VerbEdit

oversit (third-person singular simple present oversits, present participle oversitting, simple past and past participle oversat)

  1. to preside over, govern, rule; to control
  2. to conquer, gain control or owndom of
    • 1903, Robert Smith Surtees, Handley Cross[1]:
      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.
  3. to grasp, comprehend; to understand
  4. (archaic) to neglect, omit; to desist, refrain from, forbear
    • 1881, Thomas Edward Bridgett, History of the Holy Eucharist in Great Britain[3]:
      And he greatly reproaches those who ' forget or oversit the time of housel,' []
  5. (archaic) to overstay, outstay, overlinger
  6. (slang) to be misunderstood; to misread, misunderstand
    Nobody understands me, they all oversit me.

NounEdit

oversit (plural oversits)

  1. governance, authority, possession, control
    • 1873, Adalbert Müller, Venice: her art-treasures and historical associations[4]:
      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[5]:
      Feveryere, who had the oversit of all the work.

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