Definition of overwrite in English:


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transitive verboverwrote, overwritten

[with object]
  • 1Write on top of (other writing)

    ‘many names had been scratched out or overwritten’
    • ‘A 5th-cent. manuscript of these lectures, the most substantial legal work of the Principate to survive, was discovered in Verona in 1816 overwritten by later writing.’
    • ‘And then I overwrite a 3 page decision with a phone list.’
    1. 1.1Computing Destroy or lose (data) by entering new data in its place.
      ‘an entry stating who is allowed to overwrite the file’
      • ‘Another flaw, also in Oracle Reports, could allow an attacker to overwrite files on the targeted server.’
      • ‘It wasn't going out to delete data or overwrite files.’
      • ‘The software scrambles the file by overwriting the data with random characters that make it impossible to retrieve.’
      • ‘The attacks also used a controversial Internet Explorer feature that permits local HTML documents to create or overwrite files on a user's computer.’
      • ‘Write data segments stored in the first portion may be overwritten and the writing thereof to disk may be delayed according to a predetermined delayed writing policy.’
  • 2Write too elaborately or ornately.

    ‘there is a tendency to overwrite their parts and fall into cliché’
    • ‘He has a tendency to overwrite and he gorges on gimmickry.’
    • ‘The sentence is an example of the author's tendency to overwrite, and to let his thoughts get obscured by mixed metaphors and convoluted syntax.’
    • ‘I do believe new writers have a tendency to overwrite and to overwrite really badly.’
    • ‘One suggested that it lacked ‘both the absolute verbal precision and slight tendency to overwriting that characterise much of his work’.’
    • ‘If I was proud of a phrase or a particular paragraph, well, my pride was probably a sign that I'd overwritten.’
    overwritten, extravagant, florid, grandiose, pompous, over-elaborate, flowery, overwrought, overripe, pretentious, high-flown, turgid, bombastic, oratorical, grandiloquent, magniloquent, orotund
  • 3no object (in insurance) accept more risk than the premium income limits allow.

    • ‘there should be regular monitoring to ensure that underwriters do not overwrite’



/ˌōvərˈrīt/ /ˌoʊvərˈraɪt/