over·​fill ˌō-vər-ˈfil How to pronounce overfill (audio)
overfilled; overfilling; overfills

intransitive verb

: to become full to overflowing

Example Sentences

He overfilled the pail and the water spilled out. overfilled the wheelbarrow with bricks until finally no one could push it
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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of overfill was in the 13th century

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“Overfill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overfill. Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


over·​fill ˌō-vər-ˈfil How to pronounce overfill (audio)
: to fill to overflowing

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