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[verb oh-ver-rahyd; noun oh-ver-rahyd] /verb ˌoʊ vərˈraɪd; noun ˈoʊ vərˌraɪd/
verb (used with object), overrode, overridden, overriding.
1.
to prevail or have dominance over; have final authority or say over; overrule:
to override one's advisers.
2.
to disregard, set aside, or nullify; countermand:
to override the board's veto.
3.
to take precedence over; preempt or supersede:
to override any other considerations.
4.
to extend beyond or spread over; overlap.
5.
to modify or suspend the ordinary functioning of; alter the normal operation of.
6.
to ride over or across.
7.
to ride past or beyond.
8.
to trample or crush; ride down.
9.
to ride (a horse) too much.
10.
Fox Hunting. to ride too closely behind (the hounds).
noun
11.
a commission on sales or profits, especially one paid at the executive or managerial level.
12.
budgetary or expense increase; exceeding of an estimate:
work stoppage because of cost overrides.
13.
an ability or allowance to correct, change, supplement, or suspend the operation of an otherwise automatic mechanism, system, etc.
14.
an auxiliary device for such modification, as a special manual control.
15.
an act of nullifying, canceling, or setting aside:
a congressional override of the president's veto.
16.
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
900
before 900; Middle English overriden to ride over or across, Old English oferrīdan. See over-, ride
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  • Notwithstanding these political conditions no veto by Booth was overridden by the Board.

  • Very likely they are good horses, but they have been starved and overridden.

    Field and Forest Oliver Optic
  • The action of the law could be overridden by the use of arbitrary warrants of arrest--lettres de cachet.

    Women of Modern France (Illustrated) Hugo Paul Thieme (1870-1940)
  • It is only for a moment that some one has overridden your will and obliterated your true self.

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  • If his master had given 299 instructions only to be overridden, at least the servant was sincere in his respect for them.

    The Adventure of Princess Sylvia Mrs. C. N. Williamson
  • Dorothy was opposed to the idea and she said so, but her opinion was overridden by the two men.

    Hidden Gold Wilder Anthony
British Dictionary definitions for overridden

override

/ˌəʊvəˈraɪd/
verb (transitive) -rides, -riding, -rode, -ridden
1.
to set aside or disregard with superior authority or power
2.
to supersede or annul
3.
to dominate or vanquish by or as if by trampling down
4.
to take manual control of (a system that is usually under automatic control)
5.
to extend or pass over, esp to overlap
6.
to ride (a horse) too hard
7.
to ride over or across
noun
8.
a device or system that can override an automatic control
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Word Origin and History for overridden

override

v.

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.

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