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

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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 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 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 James said there was plenty of traffic headed up the hill of the overpass with him. Tonya Alanez, sun-sentinel.com, "‘He came out of nowhere,’ says driver in crash that killed pedestrian on I-95 overpass," 11 Nov. 2019 Phase 2 will involve construction of a road overpass near Abram Creek. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Woodvale Cemetery officials will seek additional funding for future sustainability," 31 Oct. 2019 While there are small enclaves of homeless people dotting Echo Park or Reservoir Street on either side of the overpass where Freddie lays his head, his tent stands alone. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, "Firecrackers. Molotov cocktails. Fire attacks have shaken L.A.’s homeless community," 18 Oct. 2019 An early morning head-on and wrong-way driver crash with serious injuries has closed all but the left lane of Interstate 5 northbound just north of the OR 217 overpass. Rosemarie Stein, OregonLive.com, "Portland Metro Friday Traffic: Overnight head-on, wrong-way crash closes lanes I-5 north," 30 Mar. 2018 The early engineering studies did not include the final size of bridges, overpasses and track beds that would also affect utility equipment. Los Angeles Times, "California bullet train’s mishandling of land deals adds to mounting costs and delays," 16 Sep. 2019 With nowhere else to go, the homeless often set up encampments on sidewalks and beneath highway overpasses. New York Times, "Trump Eyes Crackdown on Homelessness as Aides Visit California," 10 Sep. 2019 That might not make for a good soundbite in an era in which the government is housing immigrants under overpasses and denying toothbrushes and soap to children. Ana Campoy, Quartz, "Democratic candidates are failing to confront the key issue on immigration," 31 July 2019 Dozens of homeless residents living under highway overpasses along Brook Street have been given 21-day notices to vacate their camps — just the latest in a string of camps to be closed. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville is clearing out two more homeless camps along Brook Street," 25 June 2019

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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

US : 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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