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(overruns, overrunning; past overran; past participle overrun) [with object]
1spread over or occupy (a place) in large numbers:the Mediterranean has been overrun by tourists the northern frontier was overrun by invaders move or extend over or beyond:let the text overrun the right-hand margin run over or beyond (a thing or place):she overran third base rotate faster than (another part of a machine): (as adjective overrunning)an overrunning clutch 2continue beyond or above (an expected or allowed time or cost):he mustn’t overrun his budget
1an instance of something exceeding an expected or allowed time or cost:an unexpectedly large cost overrun in the program 2the movement or extension of something beyond an allotted or particular position or space:the system acts as a brake to prevent cable overrun a clear area beyond the end of an airport runway. 3the movement of a vehicle at a speed greater than is imparted by the engine.