overrun

verb
over·​run | \ ˌō-vər-ˈrən How to pronounce overrun (audio) , ˌō-və- \
overran\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈran How to pronounce overrun (audio) , ˌō-​və-​ \; overrun; overrunning

Definition of overrun

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a(1) : to defeat decisively and occupy the positions of
(2) : to invade and occupy or ravage
b : to spread or swarm over : infest
2a : to run or go beyond or past the plane overran the runway
b : exceed overrun a budget
c : to readjust (set type) by shifting letters or words from one line into another
3 : to flow over the river overran its banks

overrun

noun
over·​run | \ ˈō-vər-ˌrən How to pronounce overrun (audio) , ˈō-və- \

Definition of overrun (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of overrunning especially : an exceeding of the costs estimated in a contract for development and manufacture of new equipment
2 : the amount by which something overruns
3 : a run in excess of the quantity ordered by a customer

Synonyms for overrun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of overrun in a Sentence

Verb The tank divisions overran the countryside. The city was being overrun by enemy troops. The plane overran the runway. His speech overran the time allowed.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some 165 miles northeast of Mariupol, Russian forces have now almost completely overrun their next major target: the industrial city of Severodonetsk, which since 2014 has served as Ukraine’s administrative hub for Luhansk province. Patrick J. Mcdonnell And Nabih Bulos, Anchorage Daily News, 5 June 2022 Some 165 miles northeast of Mariupol, Russian forces have now almost completely overrun their next major target: the industrial city of Severodonetsk, which since 2014 has served as Ukraine’s administrative hub for Luhansk province. Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2022 Even if Alabama’s prisons and jails are especially overrun by drugs, death and violence, their problems are not unique in the U.S. al, 29 June 2022 That, in turn, may be enabling adenovirus infections to overrun children’s immune systems—though exactly why that would result in liver disease remains unknown. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 5 May 2022 With plenty of firepower still in reserve, Russia’s offensive still could intensify and overrun the Ukrainians. Chicago Tribune, 1 May 2022 With plenty of firepower still in reserve, Russia’s promised offensive still could intensify and overrun the Ukrainians. Mstyslav Chernov And Yesica Fisch, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Apr. 2022 Fire officials expected one blaze northeast of Santa Fe to overrun several communities before Saturday. Fox News, 23 Apr. 2022 Fire officials expected one blaze northeast of Santa Fe to overrun several communities before Saturday. NBC News, 23 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When the power facilities and park's security fail, a ragtag group attempts to survive the island overrun by the prehistoric beasts. The Editors, Town & Country, 9 July 2022 Sydney and Melbourne could just as easily have become as overrun with Covid as New York or any other American city. New York Times, 15 May 2022 The project with the biggest cost overrun is the JP Wright Loop Road railroad overpass in Jacksonville. Noel Oman, Arkansas Online, 19 Dec. 2021 Contributing to the overrun was an incredibly hot bite in May of that year, when anglers could keep one walleye. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, 23 Mar. 2021 In the movie, a hero assembles a team to infiltrate the casino overrun by zombies. Janet W. Lee, chicagotribune.com, 25 Feb. 2021 Nearly all of the 100 senators sitting in judgment in the chamber overrun by an angry mob were there that day. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 10 Feb. 2021 The overrun is not considered a separate program but is included in the weekly average. City News Service, Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2020 Kayla’s appointment faces the danger of being overrun by her overbearing family; Milan has a laundry list of requests and may end up with a customized dress; Prashanthi’s last fitting doesn’t go as planned. Olivia Mccormack, Washington Post, 16 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of overrun

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Noun

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Overrun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overrun. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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overrun

verb
over·​run | \ ˌō-vər-ˈrən How to pronounce overrun (audio) \
overran\ -​ˈran \; overrun; overrunning

Kids Definition of overrun

1 : to take over and occupy by force The outpost was overrun by the enemy.
2 : to run or go past The runner overran second base.
3 : to spread over so as to cover Weeds overran the garden.

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