override

verb
over·ride | \ˌō-vər-ˈrīd, ˌō-və-\
overrode\ˌō-vər-ˈrōd, ˌō-və- \; overridden\ˌō-vər-ˈri-dᵊn, ˌō-və- \; overriding\ˌō-vər-ˈrī-diŋ, 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, 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

School Funding Some lawmakers are also pressing to override Malloy’s rejection of a bill that sets new limits on a governor’s authority to make education cuts. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Special Legislative Session To Focus On School Safety Bill, Other Measures Vetoed By Governor Malloy," 25 June 2018 Teachers had flocked to Frankfort on Friday to rally for public education and call for the governor's vetoes of the tax reform and budget bills to be overridden. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky lawmakers mock Gov. Matt Bevin's apology for teacher protest comments," 15 Apr. 2018 The council has authority to override local opinion — crucial in the nuclear era, when few communities were eager to volunteer — and to send its recommendations about energy projects to Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, who has the final word. Kirk Johnson, New York Times, "Solar Plan Collides With Farm Tradition in Pacific Northwest," 11 July 2018 Kentucky teachers denounced that move and also called for lawmakers to override the Gov. Matt Bevin's vetoes of House bills 200 and 366, about the budget and revenue. Holly Yan, CNN, "Here's what teachers accomplished with their protests this year," 29 May 2018 There was a mayoral veto stamp that council overrode, testy exchanges about poverty and – no surprise – a disagreement over the streetcar budget. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati's 2019 budget: Money for Health Gap, 911 center and police OT, and lots of fee increases," 27 June 2018 That bill became state law, overriding Boise's proposal. Collette Richards, CNN, "State laws on rideshare background checks," 1 June 2018 The General Assembly will not have an opportunity to consider overriding Hogan’s vetoes. Erin Cox, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland to regulate political ads on Facebook after Gov. Hogan lets bill become law," 25 May 2018 But Gottlieb noted this week that the FDA plans to begin simply offering generic drug makers waivers that override any REMS restrictions that branded drug makers claim inhibit access to drug samples. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "FDA has named names of pharma companies blocking cheaper generics [Updated]," 17 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That override appeared uncertain from the moment the Senate passed the bill with 29 votes, the minimum needed to reject a veto. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Gov. Hogan vetoes bill to overhaul school construction approval process, draws criticism from treasurer," 4 Apr. 2018 Comptroller Peter Franchot joined him in ceremonially signing on to the veto at the weekly meeting of the Board of Public Works, and both men had sharp words for lawmakers considering an override of the veto. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Gov. Hogan vetoes bill to overhaul school construction approval process, draws criticism from treasurer," 4 Apr. 2018 Loyola Medicine officials joined Cupich at the press conference to express their support for the override. John Keilman, chicagotribune.com, "Cardinal Cupich calls on state lawmakers to display 'moral courage' and override gun law veto," 17 Apr. 2018 When the freeze was brought up for the 2018 budget year, the Board of Commissioners vetoed the measure and the council lacked the votes for an override. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "Council creates two-week hold on filling vacancies," 10 July 2018 If there is no override, that portion of the storm water management program disappears from the budget. Jennifer Barrios, Washington Post, "Montgomery executive Isiah Leggett issues rare line-item veto," 1 June 2018 When the freeze was brought up for the 2018 budget year, the Board of Commissioners vetoed the measure and the council lacked the votes for an override. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "Council creates two-week hold on filling vacancies," 10 July 2018 That funding could be vetoed by Mayor John Cranley, forcing an override vote by council. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati council members agreed on a budget. Here are the winners and losers.," 25 June 2018 One of the most controversial measures that could come up for an override vote is a measure that would create a new process for school suspensions. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Special Legislative Session To Focus On School Safety Bill, Other Measures Vetoed By Governor Malloy," 25 June 2018

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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 \
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 \
overrode\-ˈrōd \; overridden\-ˈrid-ᵊn \; 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 \

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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