overwrite

verb over·write \ ˌō-vər-ˈrīt , ˌō-və- \
|Updated on: 18 Jun 2018

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

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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OVERWRITE Defined for English Language Learners

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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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