Definitions for Overrideˌoʊ vərˈraɪd; ˈoʊ vərˌraɪd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•ver•rideˌoʊ vərˈraɪd; ˈoʊ vərˌraɪd(v.; n.)-rode, -rid•den, -rid•ing

  1. (v.t.)to prevail over; overrule.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. to set aside or nullify; countermand.

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  3. to take precedence over; preempt.

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  4. to extend beyond or spread over; overlap.

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  5. to modify or suspend the ordinary functioning of.

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  6. to ride over or across.

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  7. to ride past or beyond.

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  8. to trample or crush.

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  9. to ride (a horse) too much.

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  10. (n.)an act or instance of overriding.

  11. a commission on sales or profits paid esp. at the executive or managerial level.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Business

  12. budgetary or expense increase; exceeding of an estimate:

    cost overrides.

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  13. a system or device for overriding an otherwise automatic operation.

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Origin of override:

bef. 900

Princeton's WordNet

  1. override(noun)

    a manually operated device to correct the operation of an automatic device

  2. nullification, override(verb)

    the act of nullifying; making null and void; counteracting or overriding the effect or force of something

  3. overrule, overturn, override, overthrow, reverse(verb)

    rule against

    "The Republicans were overruled when the House voted on the bill"

  4. override(verb)

    prevail over

    "health considerations override financial concerns"

  5. override(verb)

    counteract the normal operation of (an automatic gear shift in a vehicle)

  6. override(verb)

    ride (a horse) too hard

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. override(verb)ˌoʊ vərˈraɪd; n. ˈoʊ vərˌraɪd

    to use authority to change a decision or information

    The government tried to override the scientists' conclusions.

  2. overrideˌoʊ vərˈraɪd; n. ˈoʊ vərˌraɪd

    to be more important than

    Worries about patients' health override all other concerns.


  1. override(Noun)

    A mechanism, device or procedure used to counteract an automatic control.

  2. override(Noun)

    A royalty.

  3. override(Noun)

    A device for prioritizing audio signals, such that certain signals receive priority over others.

  4. override(Verb)

    To ride across or beyond something.

  5. override(Verb)

    To ride a horse too hard.

  6. override(Verb)

    To counteract the normal operation of something.

    The Congress promptly overrode the president's veto, passing the bill into law.


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