- to write in too elaborate, burdensome, diffuse, or prolix a style: He overwrites his essays to the point of absurdity.
- to write in excess of the requirements, especially so as to defeat the original intention: That young playwright tends to overwrite her big scenes.
- to write on or over; cover with writing: a flyleaf overwritten with a dedication.
- to write too elaborately: The problem with so many young authors is that they tend to overwrite.
Origin of overwrite
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Examples from the Web for overwritten
The life of Borrow, unlike that of most famous men of letters, has not been overwritten.Immortal Memories
No hand had overwritten the label of that book there raising it to the peerage, as it were.Angela's Business
Henry Sydnor Harrison
Last night they have overwritten all the city walls with 'Up with the republic!'Life of Lord Byron, Vol. IV
Here the city is all overwritten with black-letter, and the glad Italian sun makes the effect so much the stronger.Passages From the French and Italian Notebooks, Volume 2
In virtuality, the sequentiality of written language is overwritten by the very configurational nature of the context.The Civilization of Illiteracy
- to write (something) in an excessively ornate or prolix style
- to write too much about (someone or something)
- to write on top of (other writing)
- to record on a storage medium, such as a magnetic disk, thus destroying what was originally recorded there
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Word Origin and History for overwritten
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