override

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verb

over·​ride ˌō-vər-ˈrīd How to pronounce override (audio)
ˌō-və-
overrode ˌō-vər-ˈrōd How to pronounce override (audio)
ˌō-və-
; overridden ˌō-vər-ˈri-dᵊn How to pronounce override (audio)
ˌō-və-
; overriding ˌō-vər-ˈrī-diŋ How to pronounce override (audio)
ˌō-və-

transitive verb

1
: to ride over or across : trample
overrode the thin line of defenders
2
: to ride (an animal, such as a horse) too much or too hard
3
a
: to prevail over : dominate
panic overrode everything elseMarcia Davenport
b
: to set aside : annul
override a veto
the rights of the individual were being flagrantly overriddenC. L. Jones
c
: to neutralize the action of (something, such as an automatic control)
You must enter a code to override the alarm.
4
: to extend or pass over
especially : overlap
Huge waves override the beach.

override

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noun

over·​ride ˈō-vər-ˌrīd How to pronounce override (audio)
ˈō-və-
1
: a commission paid to managerial personnel on sales made by subordinates
2
3
: a device or system used to override a control
4
: an act or an instance of overriding

Examples of override in a Sentence

Verb Congress overrode the President's veto. These new rules override the old ones. Don't let anger override common sense. You must enter a code to override the alarm. She overrode the default settings on her computer.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The plan would greatly expand the power of executive branch and allow the president to override checks that typically would limit his power. Erin Doherty, Axios, 12 July 2024 In this mode, which is intended for product review videos, the focus system overrides face and eye detection to focus on what's closest to the lens. Jim Fisher, PCMAG, 10 July 2024
Noun
Its single-sheet override tray suffers by comparison, as the Brother has a 30-sheet multipurpose tray and the Canon and HP have 50-sheet multipurpose trays. David English, PCMAG, 4 July 2024 The cars can also be put into a manual override so first responders can move them if necessary, Bower said. Stacey Barchenger, The Arizona Republic, 2 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for override 

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Word History

First Known Use

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of override was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Override.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/override. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

override

verb
over·​ride
-ˈrīd
overrode
-ˈrōd
; overridden
-ˈrid-ᵊn
; overriding
-ˈrīd-iŋ
1
: to ride over or across : trample
2
: to ride a horse too much or too hard
3
a
: to take power away from : dominate
b
: annul sense 2
the congress overrode the president's veto

Legal Definition

override

1 of 2 transitive verb
over·​ride ˌō-vər-ˈrīd How to pronounce override (audio)
overrode -ˈrōd How to pronounce override (audio) ; overridden -ˈrid-ᵊn How to pronounce override (audio) ; overriding
1
: to prevail or take precedence over
if, as is often the case, federal constitutional principles override state statutory or common lawH. P. Wilkins
2
: to set aside by virtue of superior authority
overrode the jury's sentencing recommendation
especially : annul sense 2
override a veto with the required majority

override

2 of 2 noun
over·​ride ˈō-vər-ˌrīd How to pronounce override (audio)
1
: a commission paid to managerial personnel on sales made by subordinates

called also override commission

2
3
: an act or instance of overriding
a legislative override
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