over·​write | \ ˌō-vər-ˈrīt How to pronounce overwrite (audio) , ˌō-və- \
overwrote\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈrōt How to pronounce overwrite (audio) , ˌō-​və-​ \; overwritten\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈri-​tᵊn How to pronounce overwrite (audio) , ˌō-​və-​ \; overwriting\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈrī-​tiŋ How to pronounce overwrite (audio) , ˌō-​və-​ \

Definition of overwrite

transitive verb

1 : to write over the surface of
2 : to write in inflated or overly elaborate style

intransitive verb

: to write too much or in an overly elaborate style

Examples of overwrite in a Sentence

The author has a tendency to overwrite.
Recent Examples on the Web The first option would create a new backup that will overwrite the previous backup. Toby Grey, BGR, 31 Aug. 2022 Trust that your artist can fill in the gaps and tell the story the best way possible; no need to overwrite to explain things. Goldie Chan, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 As Ida and Mildred’s subsequent sections make clear, there is always someone else who can overwrite your story. Jane Hu, The Atlantic, 26 May 2022 The overflow allows the software to overwrite surrounding sections of memory freely. Ronan Farrow, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 Instead of threatening to expose certain documents, these new hackers threaten to overwrite a user's Windows Master Boot Record (MBR) and delete all the files making the device unusable, unless the user pays. Gene Marks, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2022 To wipe the data, the malware will overwrite each file and storage partitions with zeros, preventing recovery. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 15 Mar. 2022 Dirty Pipe is caused by an uninitialized variable that allows an attacker to overwrite any file contents cached in memory. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 8 Mar. 2022 Her dancing in that show, as in each of her performances, had the precision and dynamism of a lifelong performing arts kid who stopped formal training just before conservatory programs could overwrite her natural inclination toward wild abandon. New York Times, 23 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of overwrite

1820, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Overwrite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overwrite. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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