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 Arizona Department of Public Safety shut down the freeway's westbound lanes at 51st Avenue just after 4 a.m. after a report of a police situation involving an individual at the 59th Avenue overpass. Chris Coppola, azcentral, "Interstate 10 reopens after rush-hour shutdown in west Phoenix," 20 Aug. 2019 And at the Lawrence Expressway overpass, the lanes widen right up again. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Moffett Park Drive to permanently close at 101-237: Roadshow," 1 Aug. 2019 Prosecutors say the teens were on the overpass with a fifth teen, Kyle Anger, who threw the rock that smashed into the van's windshield and killed White. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Michigan judge rejects juvenile sentencing for teens in highway rock-toss death," 24 July 2019 At a highway overpass, immigration officers, under the watch of marines and federal police, stop virtually all taxis and mini buses, checking the occupants. Natalie Gallón, CNN, "Can Mexico fix the migrant crisis?," 21 June 2019 Anderson has been talking to students and adults about his experience helping the man on the St. Paul overpass. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, "As St. Paul police chief honors ‘ordinary heroes,’ one says saving a life changed his own," 5 June 2019 Officers spotted the car on Boynton Beach Boulevard at the I-95 overpass, but the carjackers got out, jumped over the guardrail and escaped. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boynton Beach Area Crime Log: March 10 - April 7," 27 Apr. 2018 Drunk driving crash, Clague Road: A caller told police about 10:25 p.m. April 8 that a single car crashed on Clague at the I-90 overpass. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland.com, "Former restaurant employee arrested for terroristic threats: Westlake police," 14 Apr. 2018 California Highway Patrol units in western Riverside County were urged by radio to check freeway overpasses. Richard K. De Atley, The Mercury News, "4.0 magnitude earthquake strikes near Wildomar in Riverside County," 11 Sep. 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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