[ noun oh-ver-pas, -pahs; verb oh-ver-pas, -pahs ]
See synonyms for: overpassoverpassedoverpassingoverpast on Thesaurus.com

  1. a road, pedestrian walkway, railroad, bridge, etc., crossing over some barrier, as another road or walkway.

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.

  1. to get over (obstacles, difficulties, etc.); surmount: to overpass the early days of privation and uncertainty.

  2. to go beyond, exceed, or surpass: Greed had somehow overpassed humanitarianism.

  3. to pass through (time, experiences, etc.): to overpass one's apprenticeship.

  4. 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

Words Nearby overpass

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use overpass in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for overpass


  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

  1. to get over

  2. to ignore

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012