Definition of override in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈrīd/
(past overrode; past participle overridden) [with object]
1Use one’s authority to reject or cancel (a decision, view, etc.): the legislature’s insistence on overriding his budget vetoes
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  • Upon further thought, I have to say that it worries me that a governor has the right to override a court's decision and to decide someone's fate.
  • It will establish a Council with the power to override court decisions and set aside previous convictions.
  • But they all contemplate that in some circumstances, a court may override a parent's decision about with whom their children may have relationships.
disallow, overrule, countermand, veto, quash, overturn, overthrow;
cancel, reverse, rescind, revoke, repeal, annul, nullify, invalidate, negate, void;
Law  vacate
formal abrogate
disregard, pay no heed to, take no account of, turn a deaf ear to, ignore, ride roughshod over
1.1Interrupt the action of (an automatic device), typically in order to take manual control: you can override the cutout by releasing the switch
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  • Again this is a situation where you need to override an automatic camera and set the controls manually.
  • The operator has the option of overriding the sensor automatically selected by the operational software.
  • And finally, on manual transmission vehicles, the clutch pedal ignition lock is overridden so the starter can be used without pushing in the clutch after stopping on a hill.
1.2Be more important than: this commitment should override all other considerations
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  • Poignant, moving and highly original, it taps into the heroic essence of Spencer's paintings while at the same time acknowledging a collective history which overrides imported values.
  • However, he warned that gimmicks could never override the importance of the top property buzzword: location.
  • In each case, motion comprises the work, yet the concept of motion and, often, motion contributed by the viewer, overrides the context and import of the original movement.
outweigh, supersede, take priority over, take precedence over, offset, cancel out, (more than) make up for, outbalance, compensate for
2 technical Extend over; overlap: the external rendering should not override the vapor barrier
3Travel or move over (a place or thing): part of the deposit was overridden and covered by the advancing ice
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  • We have identified seven such lateral moraines that were overridden by the expansion and growth of the Fennoscandian ice sheet.


Pronunciation: /ˈōvərˌrīd/
1A device for suspending an automatic function on a machine.
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  • Most automatic fixtures have manual overrides should the sensors fail to function properly, manufacturers say.
  • The moonwalkers were not opposed to increased use of automation, but they still wanted manual backups and overrides.
  • The Earthlink system just automates it, but the manual override is always available by logging into webmail.
2An excess or increase on a budget, salary, or cost.
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  • At some point in the political evolution of the Charter, it will be worthwhile to encourage a more reasoned public and political understanding of the override than currently exists.
  • In other words, adopt interpretations that will provoke a legislative override that will make it clear what the legislature really wants today.
3chiefly US A cancellation of a decision by exertion of authority or winning of votes: the House vote in favor of the bill was ten votes short of the requisite majority for an override
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  • The Kansas legislature is likely to try to override the veto, and unless some legislators change their votes, the override will pass.
  • The president had veto power over any bill passed by Congress, subject to a congressional override by a two-thirds vote of each house.
  • After Wednesday's vote the Governor's pledged consequences for the override.

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Syllabification: o·ver·ride

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