over·​pass | \ ˌō-vər-ˈpas How to pronounce overpass (audio) \
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 How to pronounce overpass (audio) \

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

Examples of overpass in a Sentence

Verb 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 Noun Boys stood beneath the highway overpass. Traffic was stalled on the overpass.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sometimes, Radulov has the propensity to overpass the puck, particularly on the rush. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 27 Mar. 2020 The Clearview Parkway and Cleary Avenue overpasses at I-10 are closed. Greg Larose, NOLA.com, 17 Jan. 2018 The Clearview Parkway and Cleary Avenue overpasses at I-10 are closed. Greg Larose, NOLA.com, 17 Jan. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The reason: refugees, many of them Haitian, have arrived and set up a tent city under a freeway overpass. Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2021 Yasmin is in a tent camp for refugees with her four young children, in an Athens port area under an overpass. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 11 Nov. 2021 Interstate 84 eastbound saw a large area of flooding with a crash under the Grand Avenue overpass at 6 a.m. oregonlive, 11 Nov. 2021 Critics have lambasted the program as rushed and careless, citing an incident in which a homeless man was scooped up by a front-loader as District crews worked to clear his tent under the Metro overpass in Northeast Washington last month. Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2021 Opelika police dispatchers at 12:57 p.m. received a 911 call about a vehicle theft that happened near the overpass on Waverly parkway, authorities said. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 12 Oct. 2021 The collision occurred near the Daley Road overpass. Kaitlin Lewis, The Enquirer, 11 Oct. 2021 Police said a Chevrolet Impala was making a U-turn from eastbound Route 40 to westbound Route 40 near the overpass and, while turning, a Kawasaki motorcycle traveling west collided with the Impala. James Whitlow, baltimoresun.com, 8 Oct. 2021 The victim was found on the shoulder of I-675 near the overpass for Grant Road about 10:40 a.m. after being spotted by a passing motorist, Clayton County police confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Asia Simone Burns, ajc, 4 Oct. 2021

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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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“Overpass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overpass. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce overpass (audio) \

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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