run·​over | \ ˈrən-ˌō-vər How to pronounce runover (audio) \

Definition of runover

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: matter for publication that exceeds the space allotted


\ ˈrən-ˈō-vər How to pronounce run-over (audio) \

Definition of run-over (Entry 2 of 3)

: extending beyond the allotted space

run over

ran over; run over; running over; runs over

Definition of run over (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to exceed a limit
2 : overflow

transitive verb

1 : to go over, examine, repeat, or rehearse quickly
2 : to collide with, knock down, and often drive over ran over a dog

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Synonyms for runover

Synonyms: Verb

exercise, practice (also practise), rehearse

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Examples of runover in a Sentence


let's run over this dance number one more time I could run over right now if that's good for you.

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Two Calhoun County sheriff’s deputies and an Ohatchee police officer were attempting to serve three warrants to Fred Barksdale when Barksdale ran over one of the deputies around 4:30 a.m. Monday in a wooded area near his home, officials said. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "Calhoun County man shot by authorities after allegedly running over sheriff’s deputy," 9 Sep. 2019 Will July’s relatively dry and warm weather — Denver, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction all ran over a degree above average in July — continue into August? Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "August outlook: Will the monsoon finally kick in?," 1 Aug. 2019 Asked about those donations, Mr. Cuomo pointed to a new requirement that the M.T.A. ban contractors whose projects run over-budget or are delayed. New York Times, "A Luxury Box at Citi Field, an M.T.A. Contract and $188,000 for Cuomo," 29 July 2019 In the microneedling procedure, a dermaroller wand studded with tiny needles is run over skin to even out its texture, including wrinkles and scarring, says Mona Gohara, M.D., associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Microneedling — and Is It Safe?," 29 July 2019 At least until it got run over in Columbus late in the season. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State to Rose Bowl this year? Mark Dantonio has surprised us before | Windsor," 19 July 2019 Carter fell off the motorcycle and Lyons’ truck then ran over him. Carol Robinson |,, "Alabama truck driver arrested after fatal Louisiana crash," 10 July 2019 Plans for two new nuclear reactors in South Carolina got scrapped in 2017 after contractors ran over budget and locals were forced to spend $9 billion to dig a hole in the ground and then fill it back up. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "Senators Try—Again—to Solve the Nuclear Waste Debacle," 28 June 2019 The boy was caught under the front right tire of the vehicle, but Stagg continued to drive forward, again running over the child with the rear right tire. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "Texas mom charged with running over 3-year-old with SUV in fatal game of 'chicken'," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of runover


1900, in the meaning defined above


1931, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of runover was in the 15th century

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