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

An eastbound semi loaded with apples struck an SUV and pushed it into another semi near the Cloverdale overpass in Boise at about 11:30 p.m. Four other vehicles were also struck. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Drivers wonder whether I-84 lane closures contributed to crash that killed 4," 20 June 2018 Flooding reports Residents should use caution around areas prone to significant street flooding, such as streets under bridges and overpasses, and should call 911 to report street flooding and life-threatening emergencies. Ben Estes, NOLA.com, "How New Orleans is preparing for Alberto," 26 May 2018 Trucks smacking into bridges and overpasses is becoming a frequent occurrence in Michigan. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "I-94 lanes blocked in Detroit after semi-truck hits Warren Ave. bridge," 10 May 2018 Ramps, bridges and overpasses on roads can be particularly dangerous in icy conditions. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Icy road, sidewalk conditions hit D.C. region after rain and cold," 5 Feb. 2018 Crews treated the main thoroughfares in Alvin - Texas 6 and Texas 35 - first and continued with bridges and overpasses above bayous and ditches. Jaimy Jones, Houston Chronicle, "Winter storm a test for northern Brazoria County cities' preparedness," 22 Jan. 2018 Several hundred Chicago police officers will conduct crowd and traffic control on the peripheral streets outside the Dan Ryan and its overpasses, Guglielmi said. Patrick M. O'connell, chicagotribune.com, "Anti-violence march on northbound lanes of Dan Ryan Expressway set to start at 10 a.m.," 7 July 2018 Early Tuesday morning, police in Detroit received a call that there was a man threatening to kill himself by jumping off an overpass above Interstate 696. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "13 truckers came together to save a suicidal man," 25 Apr. 2018 The Southern State, like other New York parkways, has overpasses that are lower than the standard legal bridge clearance — a feature that has led to hundreds of bridge strikes over the years. Author: Stefanie Dazio, Rachelle Blidner, Anchorage Daily News, "Dozens injured on Long Island as busload of students plows into low overpass," 9 Apr. 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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something that serves to warn or remind

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