from The Century Dictionary.

  • To think too highly or confidently, especially of one's self; be arrogantly conceited; presume: now chiefly in the present participle.
  • To make conceited or arrogant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To think too highly or arrogantly; to regard one's own thinking or conclusions too highly; hence, to be egotistic, arrogant, or rash, in opinion; to think conceitedly; to presume.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb ergative To think too highly or arrogantly of (oneself).
  • verb To make or render arrogant and overweening.
  • verb proscribed To overwhelm.


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From Middle English overwēnen ("To be presumptuous, be over-confident; presume"), from Old English oferwennan ("ang") and Old English oferwenian ("to be proud, become insolent, or presumptuous").


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