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

Definition of overfill

intransitive verb

: to become full to overflowing

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Examples of overfill in a Sentence

He overfilled the pail and the water spilled out. overfilled the wheelbarrow with bricks until finally no one could push it
Recent Examples on the Web If measuring by volume, carefully scooping the flour into the measuring cup, overfilling it, then leveling it off will yield a more accurate measure. Erin Jeanne Mcdowell, New York Times, "How to Substitute Flours," 16 Apr. 2020 Inside Elmhurst, doctors have described overfilled waiting rooms, patients waiting six hours to be seen, others packed closely together on stretchers waiting 50 to 60 hours for a bed and doctors desperately trying to get more ventilators. NBC News, "'So many patients dying': Doctors say NYC public hospitals reeling from coronavirus cases," 30 Mar. 2020 How can one individual be overfilling his own cart, while shaming others who are doing the same? Stephanie Preston, The Conversation, "Your brain evolved to hoard supplies and shame others for doing the same," 27 Mar. 2020 What Gay has learned in three seasons since — and especially during this one overfilled with defeat — is that nothing is guaranteed in the NBA. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "With a season critical, Spurs’ vets hold the rope," 9 Feb. 2020 The Metanoia project expanded to Denison UCC in November because its existing site, St. Malachi Church, had been overfilled for years. Michael K. Mcintyre, cleveland, "Denison UCC emergency homeless shelter passes midnight fire inspection," 7 Jan. 2020 Puree the soup and the cream until smooth, using an immersion blender in the pot; or with a countertop blender, working in batches to avoid overfilling and following the manufacturer's instructions to prevent spattering of the hot liquid. Wolfgang Puck, chicagotribune.com, "Start Thanksgiving meal with savory squash soup," 21 Nov. 2019 Large, wide wine glasses are particularly easy to overfill. Stephanie Thurrott, NBC News, "Toast the holiday season with these lower alcohol beer, wine and cocktail ideas," 12 Dec. 2019 The filler neck for bar oil is narrow and easy to overfill. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Cordless Electric Chainsaws," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of overfill

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Overfill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overfill. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of overfill

: to fill a container with too much of something

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