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 Controversial judging has been the overriding theme coming out of UFC 247 this past Saturday in Houston. Nolan King, MMA Junkie, "Texas commission responds to UFC 247 judging backlash, claim by Joe Rogan," 10 Feb. 2020 But, the overriding theme of the movie is about the rich and poor classes and the relationship that exists between them. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, "Your Guide To Parasite, The Film That Won Best Picture At The Oscars," 10 Feb. 2020 The tight end comparison is shaping up as one of Super Bowl LIV's overriding subplots. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "32 things we learned from Super Bowl LIV's Opening Night with Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers," 28 Jan. 2020 The overriding reasons are Denver’s mile-high altitude and a history of failure signing big-dollar pitchers. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "History lesson: Why the Rockies don’t attempt to sign free-agent aces," 7 Dec. 2019 As gradually grows clear, his overriding theme is loyalty —to friends, family and party but, above all, to living by a principled code of honor in a debased and chaotic world. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "If you only know ‘The Three Musketeers,’ you owe yourself the pleasure of its sequel, ‘Twenty Years After’," 13 Nov. 2019 Yet the overriding view in Hollywood is that, with their untold piles of cash and their valuations of $1trn or so apiece, the tech giants are only just getting started. The Economist, "The future of entertainment," 14 Nov. 2019 Return of the identity crisis The overriding concern is, again, the Browns were a team without an identity on Monday night. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "The Browns’ identity crisis is back: Takeaways following Monday night’s loss," 8 Oct. 2019 Perhaps the overriding challenge facing Beijing involves striking the right balance between environmental protection and economic development. Daniel K. Gardner, The New Republic, "“What About China?” Is a Bad Response to the Climate Crisis," 20 Sep. 2019

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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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17 Feb 2020

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“Overriding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overriding. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of overriding

: more important than anything else

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