verb \-ˈrən\

: to enter and be present in (a place) in large numbers

: to run or go beyond or past (something)

: to spread over or throughout (something)


Full Definition of OVERRUN

transitive verb
a (1) :  to defeat decisively and occupy the positions of (2) :  to invade and occupy or ravage
b :  to spread or swarm over :  infest
a :  to run or go beyond or past <the plane overran the runway>
b :  exceed <overrun a budget>
c :  to readjust (set type) by shifting letters or words from one line into another
:  to flow over <the river overran its banks>

Examples of OVERRUN

  1. The tank divisions overran the countryside.
  2. The city was being overrun by enemy troops.
  3. The plane overran the runway.
  4. His speech overran the time allowed.

First Known Use of OVERRUN

before 12th century

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical


noun \ˈō-və(r)-ˌrən\

: an amount of money that is spent and that is more than the expected or planned amount

Full Definition of OVERRUN

:  an act or instance of overrunning; especially :  an exceeding of the costs estimated in a contract for development and manufacture of new equipment
:  the amount by which something overruns
:  a run in excess of the quantity ordered by a customer

First Known Use of OVERRUN


Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite


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