over·pass | \ ˌō-vər-ˈpas \
overpassed; overpassing; overpasses

Definition of overpass 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to pass across, over, or beyond : cross also : surpass


over·pass | \ ˈō-vər-ˌpas \

Definition of overpass (Entry 2 of 2)

: a crossing of two highways or of a highway and pedestrian path or railroad at different levels where clearance to traffic on the lower level is obtained by elevating the higher level also : the upper level of such a crossing

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Synonyms & Antonyms for overpass

Synonyms: Verb

bypass, disregard, forget, ignore, neglect, overlook, pass over, slight, slur (over)

Antonyms: Verb

attend (to), heed, mind, regard, tend (to)

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Examples of overpass in a Sentence


to keep peace in the family, he was forced to overpass his in-laws' frequent put-downs a filmmaker whose technical bravura overpasses his ability to tell a coherent story


Boys stood beneath the highway overpass. Traffic was stalled on the overpass.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Clearview Parkway and Cleary Avenue overpasses at I-10 are closed. Greg Larose, NOLA.com, "I-10, other New Orleans metro roads, bridges stay closed with another hard freeze ahead," 17 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The crash killed three passengers and injured 57 people on the train and eight in vehicles on the highway below the train overpass that were hit by train cars. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Railroads have improved safety since fatal S.C. collision, Amtrak and CSX officials say," 10 July 2018 In the west of Belgium, near the French border, the A19 motorway ends in a four-lane, unfinished overpass. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War I," 9 July 2018 The annual average daily traffic passing I-95’s Gorman Road overpass stands at 199,131 for traffic in both directions, according to a state Highway Location Reference document, which has data as of Dec. 31, 2016. Leah Brennan, Howard County Times, "Howard County groups will continue protesting family separation during rush hour," 6 July 2018 This segment would also include an overpass above Loop 494 and the Union Pacific railroad tracks. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Northpark Drive expansion estimate grows to nearly $86 million," 29 June 2018 On Saturday, someone shot up a car parked underneath a Palmetto Expressway overpass. Charles Rabin, miamiherald, "Four killed in 5 shootings that have rocked Miami Gardens the past two weeks.," 26 June 2018 Examples of our local journalism A man tried to jump off a Detroit overpass. Detroit Free Press, "The top 6 benefits of a Detroit Free Press subscription," 21 June 2018 The existing overpasses at Old Joppa and Clayton roads in Harford County will be rebuilt to accommodate the additional lanes, and the bridge over Winters Run between routes 152 and 24 will be widened, Sales said. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Expanded $1.1 billion I-95 toll lane plan announced for Harford, Baltimore counties," 15 June 2018 Shortly after 11 am. on Sunday, someone called 911 to report a man trying to jump off an overpass in north Houston onto Interstate 45. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "He was dangling off an overpass. Strangers gathered below to catch him | The Kansas City Star," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of overpass


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1929, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overpass was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of overpass

: a bridge that allows a road or railroad to cross over another


over·pass | \ ˈō-vər-ˌpas \

Kids Definition of overpass

1 : a crossing (as of two highways or a highway and a railroad) at different levels usually by means of a bridge

2 : the upper level of an overpass

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