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overflow

noun

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 a great flow of water or of something that overwhelms
  • a great overflow of water from the heavy rains swept mud and silt down onto the highway

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2 the state or an instance of going beyond what is usual, proper, or needed
  • an overflow of help actually made the job more complicated

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overflow

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of overflow (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to flow over the brim or top of
  • while the wine steward stood there gawking at the nearby celebrity, my expensive champagne was overflowing its glass and pouring onto our table

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2 to cover with a flood
  • the swollen river overflowed the surrounding land and washed several houses away

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3 to be copiously supplied
  • a magazine that usually overflows with home-repair tips for the do-it-yourselfer

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The first known use of overflow was before the 12th century

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“Overflow.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/overflow. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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