[noun oh-ver-pas, -pahs; verb oh-ver-pas, -pahs]
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verb (used with object), o·ver·passed or o·ver·past, o·ver·pass·ing.
  1. to pass over or traverse (a region, space, etc.): We had overpassed the frontier during the night.
  2. to pass beyond (specified limits, bounds, etc.); exceed; overstep; transgress: to overpass the bounds of good judgment.
  3. to get over (obstacles, difficulties, etc.); surmount: to overpass the early days of privation and uncertainty.
  4. to go beyond, exceed, or surpass: Greed had somehow overpassed humanitarianism.
  5. to pass through (time, experiences, etc.): to overpass one's apprenticeship.
  6. to overlook; ignore; disregard; omit: We could hardly overpass such grievous faults. The board overpassed him when promotions were awarded.
verb (used without object), o·ver·passed or o·ver·past, o·ver·pass·ing.
  1. to pass over; pass by: Under the bridge there was the din of cars overpassing.

Origin of overpass

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at over-, pass
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Related Words for overpass

viaduct, footbridge, walkway, span, skyway

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noun (ˈəʊvəˌpɑːs)
  1. another name for flyover (def. 1)
verb (ˌəʊvəˈpɑːs) -passes, -passing or -passed (tr) rare
  1. to pass over, through, or across
  2. to exceed
  3. to get over
  4. to ignore
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Word Origin and History for overpass

"stretch of road that passes over another," 1929, American English, from over- + pass (v.). + Overpass has been a verb since late 13c.

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