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overrun

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verb over·run \-ˈrən\

Simple Definition of overrun

  • : 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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of overrun

overran

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overrun

overrunning

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a (1) :  to defeat decisively and occupy the positions of (2) :  to invade and occupy or ravage b :  to spread or swarm over :  infest

  3. 2 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

  4. 3 :  to flow over <the river overran its banks>

Examples of overrun in a sentence

  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.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of overrun

before 12th century


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overrun

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noun over·run \ˈō-və(r)-ˌrən\

Simple Definition of overrun

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of overrun

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of overrunning; especially :  an exceeding of the costs estimated in a contract for development and manufacture of new equipment

  2. 2 :  the amount by which something overruns

  3. 3 :  a run in excess of the quantity ordered by a customer

1898

First Known Use of overrun

1898


OVERRUN Defined for Kids

overrun

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verb over·run \ˌō-vər-ˈrən\

Definition of overrun for Students

overran

\-ˈran\

overrun

overrunning

  1. 1 :  to take over and occupy by force <The outpost was overrun by the enemy.>

  2. 2 :  to run or go past <The runner overran second base.>

  3. 3 :  to spread over so as to cover <Weeds overran the garden.>





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