[ oh-ver-rahy-ding ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈraɪ dɪŋ /


taking precedence over all other considerations.

Origin of overriding

First recorded in 1820–30; override + -ing2

Definition for overriding (2 of 2)


[ 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.


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 overriding (1 of 2)


/ (ˌəʊvəˈraɪdɪŋ) /


taking precedence

British Dictionary definitions for overriding (2 of 2)


/ (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 overriding



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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Medicine definitions for overriding


[ ō′vər-rīdĭng ]


First in priority; more important than all others.
Of or relating to a fracture in which the broken ends of the bone slip past each other and are held in the overlap position by contracted muscles.
Of or relating to a fetal head that is palpable above the pubic symphysis because of the disproportion between the size of the fetal head and the size of the maternal pelvis.
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