Definition of overwrite in English:

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Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈrʌɪt/

verb (past overwrote; past participle overwritten)

[with object]
1Write on top of (other writing): many names had been scratched out or overwritten
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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.

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