[verb oh-ver-rahyd; noun oh-ver-rahyd]

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


Origin of override

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

annul, revoke, reverse, veto, nullify, quash, abrogate, cancel, defeat

Examples from the Web for override

Contemporary Examples of override

Historical Examples of override

  • I yield to no man in my sense of duty, and I allow no private considerations to override it.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Yet how was it possible for him to stand ready, for her sake, to override the laws of his own land?

    The Princess Virginia

    C. N. Williamson

  • He did not distrust her; he only feared her ability to override the difficulties of her mission.

  • He supplied the trappings of science, without the authority to override O'Donnell.

    The Leech

    Phillips Barbee

  • Security is the primary, which must override the secondary, aim.

British Dictionary definitions for override


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

to set aside or disregard with superior authority or power
to supersede or annul
to dominate or vanquish by or as if by trampling down
to take manual control of (a system that is usually under automatic control)
to extend or pass over, esp to overlap
to ride (a horse) too hard
to ride over or across


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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