override

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

Definition of override

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
3a : to prevail over : dominate panic overrode everything else— Marcia Davenport
b : to set aside : annul override a veto the rights of the individual were being flagrantly overridden— C. 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

noun
over·​ride | \ ˈō-vər-ˌrīd How to pronounce override (audio) , ˈō-və-\

Definition of override (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a commission paid to managerial personnel on sales made by subordinates
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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The next step is for the veto to come before the council, where it can be overridden with at least a 4-1 vote or, failing that, the mayor's salary increase will be again struck down. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Huntsville mayor Tommy Battle again vetoes salary increase," 13 Sep. 2019 Hogan vetoed that bill, but was overridden 93-43, nullifying his 2016 executive order that public schools in Maryland start after Labor Day and end classes by June 15. Erika Butler, baltimoresun.com, "To start before or after Labor Day, that is the question for Harford schools," 30 Aug. 2019 The league also did not opt out of the CBA, with commissioner Gary Bettman citing momentum and the importance of labor peace overriding any issues the owners might have. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 17 Sep. 2019 The league also did not opt out of the CBA, with Commissioner Gary Bettman citing momentum and the importance of labor peace overriding any issues the owners might have. Stephen Whyno, chicagotribune.com, "NHL players stay with CBA, labor peace set to at least 2022," 16 Sep. 2019 These people predicted Silicon Valley would persuade Congress to write a federal law that overrode the the CCPA, or at least convince Sacramento legislatures to exempt the tech industry. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Here Comes America’s First Privacy Law: What the CCPA Means for Business and Consumers," 13 Sep. 2019 Don’t miss how North Carolina Republicans moved to override a budget veto during a surprise vote when the chamber was half empty. NBC News, "Biden and Warren had a long history of squabbles before 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 In recent years, the functional constituencies have been voting in a pattern that increasingly conflicts with and overrides those legislators directly elected by the people of Hong Kong. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Hong Kong Protesters Wave the American Flag, but Is It Too Late?," 12 Sep. 2019 The righthander’s long-term health overrode Hinch’s desire to win Wednesday night’s game. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros struggle against A's for second straight night," 11 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The veto and lack of an override had led to an 11-week budget impasse. Gary D. Robertson, USA TODAY, "North Carolina GOP lawmakers voted to override governor's budget veto while Democrats were at 9/11 memorial," 11 Sep. 2019 The veto and lack of an override had led to an 11-week budget impasse. CBS News, "North Carolina GOP votes to override budget veto while many Democrats were at 9/11 events," 11 Sep. 2019 The 5-4 vote here is significant because a veto override requires six council votes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego makes big moves to ease affordable housing shortage," 4 Aug. 2019 The override isn't complete — the Senate still must hold a vote on the issue, but Republicans there need only one Democrat to join them to secure victory. Gary D. Robertson, USA TODAY, "North Carolina GOP lawmakers voted to override governor's budget veto while Democrats were at 9/11 memorial," 11 Sep. 2019 Because whatever personal meaning might be attached to the hat, the new broader cultural meaning overrides. Washington Post, "The MAGA hat is not a statement of policy. It’s an inflammatory declaration of identity.," 17 Aug. 2019 Most district employees had received a 2.67% salary increase in April after voters approved a mill levy override. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "New teachers in Jeffco would make $2,000 more a year under proposed deal between union, district," 17 Aug. 2019 An override likely would make the expansion fight moot for another year. Washington Post, "Medicaid, budget fight test North Carolina governor’s clout," 27 July 2019 Old Hollywood dump, Moorish crown moldings, a beatnik patio and a jukebox with a bartender override (most jukes now give the bar staff veto power over bad taste). Chris Erskine, latimes.com, "Our favorite ‘noir bars,’ dark sanctuaries on a blistering summer day," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of override

Verb

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

Noun

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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override

verb

English Language Learners Definition of override

: to make (something) no longer valid
: to have more importance or influence than (something)
: to stop an action that is done automatically by using a special command

override

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

Kids Definition of override

: to push aside as less important Don't let anger override sense.

override

transitive verb
over·​ride | \ ˌō-vər-ˈrīd How to pronounce override (audio) \
overrode\ -​ˈrōd How to pronounce overrode (audio) \; overridden\ -​ˈrid-​ᵊn How to pronounce overridden (audio) \; overriding

Legal Definition of override

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to prevail or take precedence over if, as is often the case, federal constitutional principles override state statutory or common law— H. 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

noun
over·​ride | \ ˈō-vər-ˌrīd How to pronounce override (audio) \

Legal Definition of override (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a commission paid to managerial personnel on sales made by subordinates

called also override commission

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

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