[ verb oh-ver-rahyd; noun oh-ver-rahyd ]
/ verb ˌoʊ vərˈraɪd; noun ˈoʊ vərˌraɪd /

verb (used with object), o·ver·rode, o·ver·rid·den, o·ver·rid·ing.


Nearby words

  1. overrefine,
  2. overrefinement,
  3. overreliance,
  4. overrepresent,
  5. overrich,
  6. overrider,
  7. overriding,
  8. overripe,
  9. overruff,
  10. overrule

Origin of override

before 900; Middle English overriden to ride over or across, Old English oferrīdan. See over-, ride

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British Dictionary definitions for override


/ (ˌəʊvəˈraɪd) /

verb -rides, -riding, -rode or -ridden (tr)


a device or system that can override an automatic control
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Word Origin and History for override



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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