overwrite

verb

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-

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 At Jupiter, the spacecraft transmitted data at 115.2 kilobits per second; now, that rate has slowed to 40 bits per second, and faster modes can be overwritten. IEEE Spectrum, 6 May 2024 These include spirals of English-language text that’s mostly unreadable, because the words are usually overwritten with other ones. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2024 Security camera footage showing work being done on a Boeing Max 9 door plug that later blew out mid-air has been overwritten, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said. Rob Wile, NBC News, 13 Mar. 2024 In the case of Alaska Airlines Flight 1282, the jet’s cockpit voice recorder data was overwritten because of it has only a two-hour capacity. Tribune News Service, Orange County Register, 25 Feb. 2024 The malware was installed remotely using malware tools that can read and overwrite parts of the UEFI firmware’s flash memory. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 6 Dec. 2023 Brooks' script is overwritten and conspicuously clever, with Sandler affectingly channeling the filmmaker's many speeches through his signature sentimental silliness to eye-opening effect. Dennis Perkins, EW.com, 23 Oct. 2023 The current standard only records two hours and then overwrites the recording. Marisa Garcia, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Brickhouse said that even though this incident took place just minutes after takeoff, the cockpit voice recorder continued recording after the plane landed, and by the time investigators retrieved it, all of the audio from the incident had been overwritten. Zach Wichter, USA TODAY, 8 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of overwrite was in 1820

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Cite this Entry

“Overwrite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overwrite. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

overwrite

verb
over·​write ˌō-və(r)-ˈrīt How to pronounce overwrite (audio)
overwrote -ˈrōt How to pronounce overwrite (audio) ; overwritten -ˈrit-ᵊn How to pronounce overwrite (audio) ; overwriting -ˈrīt-iŋ How to pronounce overwrite (audio)
1
: to write over the surface of : write on top of
2
: to write too much or in an overly elaborate style
overwritten accounts of everyday events

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