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overrun

verb over·run \ ˌō-vər-ˈrən , ˌō-və- \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of overrun

overran play \ˌō-vər-ˈran, ˌō-və-\; overrun; overrunning
transitive verb
1 a (1) :to defeat decisively and occupy the positions of
(2) :to invade and occupy or ravage
b :to spread or swarm over :infest
2 a :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

Examples of overrun in a Sentence

  1. The tank divisions overran the countryside.

  2. The city was being overrun by enemy troops.

  3. The plane overran the runway.

  4. His speech overran the time allowed.

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First Known Use of overrun

before 12th century


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overrun

noun over·run \ ˈō-vər-ˌrən , ˈō-və- \

Definition of overrun

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

Recent Examples of overrun from the Web

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First Known Use of overrun

1898


OVERRUN Defined for English Language Learners

overrun

verb

Definition of overrun for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of overrun for English Language Learners

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


OVERRUN Defined for Kids

overrun

verb over·run \ ˌō-vər-ˈrən \

Definition of overrun for Students

overran \-ˈran\; overrun; overrunning
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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