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override

verb over·ride \ ˌō-vər-ˈrīd , ˌō-və- \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of override

overrode play \ˌō-vər-ˈrōd, ˌō-və-\; overridden play \ˌō-vər-ˈri-dᵊn, ˌō-və-\; overriding play \ˌō-vər-ˈrī-diŋ, 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 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.

Examples of override in a Sentence

  1. Congress overrode the President's veto.

  2. These new rules override the old ones.

  3. Don't let anger override common sense.

  4. You must enter a code to override the alarm.

  5. She overrode the default settings on her computer.

Recent Examples of override from the Web

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First Known Use of override

before 12th century


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override

noun over·ride \ ˈō-vər-ˌrīd , ˈō-və- \

Definition of override

1 : a commission paid to managerial personnel on sales made by subordinates
2 : royalty 5a
3 : a device or system used to override a control
4 : an act or an instance of overriding

Recent Examples of override from the Web

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First Known Use of override

1931


OVERRIDE Defined for English Language Learners

override

verb

Definition of override for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) no longer valid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 Defined for Kids

override

verb over·ride \ ˌō-vər-ˈrīd \

Definition of override for Students

overrode \-ˈrōd\; overridden \-ˈri-dᵊn\; overriding \-ˈrī-diŋ\
: to push aside as less important
  • Don't let anger override sense.

Law Dictionary

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override

transitive verb over·ride \ ˌō-vər-ˈrīd \

legal Definition of override

overrode play \-ˈrōd\; overridden play \-ˈrid-ᵊn\; overriding
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 2
  • override a veto with the required majority

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override

noun over·ride \ ˈō-vər-ˌrīd \

legal Definition of override

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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