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


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 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 four juveniles and another teen had been throwing rocks from a highway overpass on October 18, 2017, when one of them struck White. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "4 teens who pleaded guilty to throwing a rock off an overpass that killed a man may be sentenced as adults," 24 July 2019 The construction worker who fell to his death last month from a highway overpass in Houston has been identified as Juan Giovanni Simental of Durango, Mexico, according to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Construction worker who fell to his death in Houston identified," 1 July 2019 According to the California Highway Patrol, a Latino man in his early 40s died in an apparent suicide after jumping from the Mulholland Drive overpass onto the freeway. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "101 Freeway reopens hours after body is found in apparent suicide from overpass," 19 June 2019 These beer deliveryman saved a man from a highway overpass by talking him down. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, "As St. Paul police chief honors ‘ordinary heroes,’ one says saving a life changed his own," 5 June 2019 On land fronting the south side of Sistrunk Boulevard from the Interstate 95 overpass to Northwest 22 Avenue, 25 two-story townhouses will be built in four buildings. Brittany Wallman, sun-sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale fuels northwest building boom with $2.1 million for developers," 21 Aug. 2019 In the state of Michoacán, nine bodies were found in the city of Uruapán hanging from an overpass. Fox News, "19 bodies found hung, butchered in suspected Mexico gang turf war," 9 Aug. 2019 And that begins to explain why Patel spent part of his day last Thursday painting a mural on an overpass near Pendleton Pike. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "Indy employers are facing a deep talent shortage. Here’s one way they’re fighting it.," 23 July 2019 Several of the people who moved from the I-65 overpass on Breckenridge Street a few blocks north to the alley near College Street were angry and crying Saturday, Gill added. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Homeless forced to leave downtown Louisville alley in latest camp clearing," 24 July 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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