Definition of overwrite in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈrʌɪt/

verb (past overwrote; past participle overwritten)

[with object]
1Write on top of (other writing): many names had been scratched out or overwritten
More example sentences
  • 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 Computing Destroy (data) by entering new data in its place: an entry stating who is allowed to overwrite the file
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.2 another term for overtype.
Example sentences
  • This way, when we type another word for search, the existing one will automatically be overwritten.
  • The recipient can the either review the changes or overwrite the previous address card.
  • It appears MSNBC simply overwrote the old story with the new one, using the exact same file name.
2Write too elaborately or ornately: there is a tendency to overwrite their parts and fall into cliché
More example sentences
  • 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.
3 [no object] (usually as noun overwriting) (In insurance) accept more risk than the premium income limits allow.
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.