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 Maryland General Assembly voted in March to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill, which allowed public schools to start classes before Labor Day beginning this year. Jess Nocera, baltimoresun.com, "Howard County school board approves pre-Labor Day start for 2020-21 academic year," 7 Nov. 2019 Butler depth overrode Villanova’s top three of 1-3-8. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "More Underdawgs at Butler: Women run to first Big East cross-country title," 2 Nov. 2019 Even voters in conservative, tax-averse counties like Douglas and El Paso overrode TABOR revenue caps to grow their governments to one extent or another. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Fight over TABOR gets hot in Jeffco, as sides square off over controversial state amendment," 21 Oct. 2019 The new state law does not override Los Angeles’ existing rent control rules, which apply to buildings built on or before Oct. 1, 1978. Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times, "Los Angeles City Council moves forward with eviction, rent increase moratoriums," 15 Oct. 2019 On Monday night, the board voted to override the mayor’s veto of the City Council and mayoral raises, but took no action on her veto of the School Committee raises. BostonGlobe.com, "Newton city councilors voted Monday to override a mayoral veto and give pay increases to Mayor Ruthanne Fuller and themselves.," 9 Oct. 2019 With the chamber only half-full, North Carolina House Republicans voted 55-9 to override Cooper’s veto. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "North Carolina Sends Democrats a Wake-Up Call," 12 Sep. 2019 The result is a mixed bag for the FCC, which voted last year to override many municipal rules surrounding 5G permitting in a bid to accelerate approvals for 5G cell sites. Brian Fung, CNN, "Court deals blow to FCC's bid to speed 5G rollout," 9 Aug. 2019 After Collins and other Republicans objected, the House voted to override the parliamentarian’s decision on Pelosi’s remarks, allowing them to finally move forward with a vote to rebuke the president. Heather Timmons, Quartz, "How a manual written by Thomas Jefferson sparked a battle over Trump and racism," 17 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mass layoffs and a return to economic recession are possible, said lawmakers who voted for the override. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "With 22 Republicans absent, the Alaska Legislature failed to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetoes. What’s next?," 11 July 2019 The question to approve the override to increase the tax levy by more than $6.5 million was approved 5,400 in favor to 2,367 opposed, according to the office. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "New England news in brief," 9 May 2018 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

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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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22 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Override.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/override. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for override

override

verb
How to pronounce override (audio)

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.
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

3 : an act or instance of overriding a legislative override

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