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.
- (Can we verify(+) this sense?) Governance, authority, possession, control.
1899, Edward Montagu Montagu, Report on the manuscripts of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry:
- Feveryere, who had the oversit of all the work.