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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To avoid running over, some companies use a countdown clock. Steven G. Rogelberg, WSJ, "The Science of Better Meetings," 15 Feb. 2019 During the interview, Hough thumped the table with his fist, declaring the JSF would not suffer the problems of past multipurose aircraft, which were prone to run over budget and see their progress stall. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "WTF-35: How the Joint Strike Fighter Got to Be Such a Mess," 27 July 2018 One suspect allegedly tried to run over an officer. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Two Alabama police officers injured in pursuit of carjacking suspects," 19 July 2018 New Orleans police are searching for a man accused of pointing his gun at a group of men picking up trash and attempting to run over one individual in the 7th Ward. Hanna Krueger,, "NOPD seeks man who assaulted sanitation workers in 7th Ward," 24 May 2018 Co-host Meghan McCain ran over to Whoopi screaming and was especially ecstatic to see her friend. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Meghan McCain LOST It After Whoopi Goldberg Returned to Give a Health Update," 14 Mar. 2019 Robert Carter, 63, drove his Honda Civic into a Hooper, Utah, backyard after nearly running over two deputies on Friday, according to the sheriff’s office. Jared Gilmour, idahostatesman, "Man nearly ran down two Utah deputies, then tried hiding under a barbecue grill cover, cops say | Idaho Statesman," 23 Mar. 2018 Witnesses reported hearing a pop and seeing the officer run over by a Jeep, The Associated Press writes. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Baltimore County police officer shot, killed in line of duty," 21 May 2018 Officers found 57-year-old Marvin Lee Bookman dead, apparently run over by a vehicle, in the 1100 block of Texas Avenue just before midnight Saturday. Houston Chronicle, "AREABRIEFS 0514," 13 May 2018

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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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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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