overwrite

verb over·write \ ˌō-vər-ˈrīt , ˌō-və- \

Definition of overwrite

overwrote play \ˌō-vər-ˈrōt, ˌō-və-\; overwritten play \ˌō-vər-ˈri-tᵊn, ˌō-və-\; overwriting play \ˌō-vər-ˈrī-tiŋ, ˌō-və-\
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

  1. The author has a tendency to overwrite.

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First Known Use of overwrite

1820


OVERWRITE Defined for English Language Learners

overwrite

verb

Definition of overwrite for English Language Learners

  • : to replace information in (a computer file) with new information

  • : to write in a way that is too detailed or complicated



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