over·​rid·​ing | \ ˌō-vər-ˈrī-diŋ How to pronounce overriding (audio) , ˌō-və- \

Definition of overriding

: chief, principal an overriding concern

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Examples of overriding in a Sentence

We have one overriding concern. The weather is the overriding factor in deciding whether to cancel the picnic.
Recent Examples on the Web But their overriding political calculation was clear. New York Times, "Trump Acquitted of Inciting Insurrection, Even as Bipartisan Majority Votes ‘Guilty’," 13 Feb. 2021 There is no overriding reason why GameStop has attracted this cavalcade of smaller and first-time investors, but there is a distinct component of revenge against Wall Street in communications online. Michelle Chapman, USA TODAY, "GameStop was just a place to buy video games. Now smaller investors have turned its stock into a battle royale," 28 Jan. 2021 He's stamped himself as the overriding reason the Patriots were so good; look at them now without him. Barry Wilner, Star Tribune, "On Football: Brady in the way of Chiefs' 2nd straight title," 25 Jan. 2021 In the grip of such ambition, the overriding need is to win, and that can’t be done, I once was forced to learn, without erasure, distortion, and dissociation from the messy realities of the past. William Hogeland, The New Republic, "Against the Consensus Approach to History," 25 Jan. 2021 However, the Cowboys’ ability to facilitate thousands of fans at a time during a pandemic wasn’t an overriding factor is WWE’s decision to return to North Texas next year. Joey Hayden, Dallas News, "WWE will return to AT&T Stadium in 2022 for WrestleMania 38," 16 Jan. 2021 Perhaps the most overriding concern for Cowan is our American population won't achieve herd immunity to 70 percent without the vaccinations. Alison Medley, Chron, "Houston-area school nurse's emotional moment getting vaccine after COVID-19 strikes school," 12 Jan. 2021 Todd Jones, noting that strict safety procedures have been an overriding part of his company’s protocols for 25 years, also insisted on perspective. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "This 14-Year-Old Ski Daredevil Is Already a Pro, and Trying Not to Scare His Parents," 3 Jan. 2021 Winning is the overriding goal for the Ravens (5-1) against the lone remaining unbeaten team in the NFL. David Ginsburg, Star Tribune, "Ravens intend to show Pittsburgh they play defense better," 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of overriding

1830, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overriding was in 1830

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21 Feb 2021

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“Overriding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overriding. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of overriding

: more important than anything else

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