verb (used without object)
- to pass, spend, or survive the winter: to overwinter on the Riviera.
- (intr) to spend winter (in or at a particular place)
- (tr) to keep (animals or plants) alive through the winter
- (intr) (of an animal or plant) to remain alive throughout the winter
v.Old English oferwintran; see over- + winter (v.). Related: Overwintered; overwintering.