overrun

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

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Synonyms for overrun

Synonyms: Verb

foray (into), invade, raid

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The base was overrun by protesters and looters in 1997. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Albania’s Underground Air Force Doesn’t Look So Good," 1 Apr. 2019 Within a month of his coronation in 1941, Yugoslavia was overrun by the Axis powers and Peter spent most of the rest of the war in England alongside his godfather, King George VI. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Queen Victoria's Descendants Still Reign Over Europe," 17 Feb. 2019 Casual Sophistication EKESTAD cabinets in a deep espresso brown lend an air of sophistication, even when your kitchen is overrun by kids. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Your Style," 11 Feb. 2019 Perhaps the most valuable one is the trick for keeping legions of searing frustration from overrunning him and driving him to despair. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When life is one battle after another, you learn how to fight. Just ask this West Allis warrior.," 13 June 2018 The coalition began fighting in Yemen in 2015 after the Houthis overran the north, including the capital, Sanaa. Maggie Michael, Fox News, "'Unite with the devil': Yemen war binds US, allies, al-Qaida," 7 Aug. 2018 On April 7, Bregman hit a shallow pop fly that San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer overran, which allowed the winning run to score. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Houston Astros get wild walk-off win against Oakland Athletics," 11 July 2018 Quteiba Younis was 16 in 2014 when IS overran his home village of Areij. Hamza Hendawi, Washington Post, "A neighbor’s word can bring death sentence in Iraq IS trials," 9 July 2018 The system was largely obliterated by militants who overran the areas during the allied invasion of Afghanistan, forcing out political agents and killing over 100 maliks. Sophia Saifi And Bard Wilkinson, CNN, "Pakistan dismantles troubled tribal regions," 25 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Development and production of the first planes brought further delays, and Boeing has absorbed budget overruns of more than $3.6 billion. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Boeing’s other problem: Much-needed Air Force tanker keeps hitting snafus," 12 Apr. 2019 For the past seven years, in the northeast wedge of Syria abutting Turkey, Iraq and Islamic State, a band of zealous Kurds have built an unrecognized state called Rojava and tried to keep it from being overrun. Graeme Wood, WSJ, "‘Long Shot’ Review: Triggering a Revolution," 18 Feb. 2019 Meanwhile, the Trump administration has already proposed canceling the WFIRST telescope, which would help test out the coronagraph technology, citing cost overruns on the project. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The search for alien life needs a new space telescope, astronomers say," 8 Sep. 2018 The cost overruns are more than double on average. Montana’s expansion has come in 70% over budget, according to the Foundation for Government Accountability. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "ObamaCare’s Red State Trap," 29 Oct. 2018 Long before the delays and overruns that riddles the F-35 program, history was littered with illustrations of multi-mission aircraft that never quite measured up. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "WTF-35: How the Joint Strike Fighter Got to Be Such a Mess," 27 July 2018 Almost all of the new technology has had developmental problems and cost overruns--for example, the cost of the landing system has tripled from $301 million to $961 million dollars. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy’s Newest Aircraft Carrier Is Delayed, Yet Again," 28 Mar. 2019 This is one of the most anticipated hotel openings in a city overrun with fusty properties. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Great Food Scene, Beach Town, and More: The 2019 Trends We're Calling Now," 18 Dec. 2018 Back in 2014, The Hold Steady frontman Josh Malerman wrote his debut novel, Bird Box — a chilling post-apocalyptic movie about a young mother trying to get her two children to safety in a world overrun with monsters. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The first Bird Box trailer makes it look like the opposite of A Quiet Place," 24 Oct. 2018

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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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of overrun

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to enter and be present in (a place) in large numbers
: to run or go beyond or past (something)
: to spread over or throughout (something)

overrun

noun

English Language Learners Definition of overrun (Entry 2 of 2)

: an amount of money that is spent and that is more than the expected or planned amount

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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