- to prevail or have dominance over; have final authority or say over; overrule: to override one's advisers.
- to disregard, set aside, or nullify; countermand: to override the board's veto.
- to take precedence over; preempt or supersede: to override any other considerations.
- to extend beyond or spread over; overlap.
- to modify or suspend the ordinary functioning of; alter the normal operation of.
- to ride over or across.
- to ride past or beyond.
- to trample or crush; ride down.
- to ride (a horse) too much.
- Fox Hunting. to ride too closely behind (the hounds).
- a commission on sales or profits, especially one paid at the executive or managerial level.
- budgetary or expense increase; exceeding of an estimate: work stoppage because of cost overrides.
- an ability or allowance to correct, change, supplement, or suspend the operation of an otherwise automatic mechanism, system, etc.
- an auxiliary device for such modification, as a special manual control.
- an act of nullifying, canceling, or setting aside: a congressional override of the president's veto.
- Radio and Television Slang. something that is a dominant or major facet of a program or series, especially something that serves as a unifying theme: an entertainment series with a historical override.
Origin of override
Examples from the Web for overridden
That spring Clinton had overridden the advice of most of his advisors to endorse a balanced budget.Shutdown Aversion: Republicans May Have Just Lost the House
October 7, 2013
They were not mentioned by name and their political rights were ignored and overridden.The Lessons of Novembers Past
Saliba Sarsar, Hussein Ibish
October 15, 2012
“Passion for talent has been overridden today by greed,” he claimed when we had two days of conversations over Skype.Billy Sammeth, the Manager Fired by Cher and Joan Rivers, Tells His Side of the Story
February 14, 2012
Recommendations from the panel automatically become law, and can only be overridden by a two-thirds majority vote in Congress.It’s About Medicare, Stupid!
June 10, 2011
The older brother, Wilhelm, objects to the slaughter of Jews and prisoners but is overridden by Nazi zealots in command.‘Generation War’ Lets World War II Germans Off Too Easily
January 26, 2014
You have--what-you-call--ridden over--overridden what I propose, what I try to do.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
If he has been overridden he may not succeed in rolling completely over.Ranching, Sport and Travel
Very likely they are good horses, but they have been starved and overridden.Field and Forest
The invasion had overridden all law, all custom, all understandings.The Message
Alec John Dawson
It is only for a moment that some one has overridden your will and obliterated your true self.Immortal Memories
- to set aside or disregard with superior authority or power
- to supersede or annul
- to dominate or vanquish by or as if by trampling down
- to take manual control of (a system that is usually under automatic control)
- to extend or pass over, esp to overlap
- to ride (a horse) too hard
- to ride over or across
- a device or system that can override an automatic control
Word Origin and History for overridden
Old English oferridan "to ride across," from ofer "over" (see over) + ridan "to ride" (see ride (v.)). Originally literal, of cavalry, etc. Figurative meaning "to set aside arrogantly" is from 1827. The mechanical sense "to suspend automatic operation" is attested from 1946. As a noun in this sense from 1946. Related: Overrode; overriding; overridden.