taking precedence over all other considerations.

Origin of overriding

First recorded in 1820–30; override + -ing2


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

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

to prevail or have dominance over; have final authority or say over; overrule: to override one's advisers.
to disregard, set aside, or nullify; countermand: to override the board's veto.
to take precedence over; preempt or supersede: to override any other considerations.
to extend beyond or spread over; overlap.
to modify or suspend the ordinary functioning of; alter the normal operation of.
to ride over or across.
to ride past or beyond.
to trample or crush; ride down.
to ride (a horse) too much.
Fox Hunting. to ride too closely behind (the hounds).


a commission on sales or profits, especially one paid at the executive or managerial level.
budgetary or expense increase; exceeding of an estimate: work stoppage because of cost overrides.
an ability or allowance to correct, change, supplement, or suspend the operation of an otherwise automatic mechanism, system, etc.
an auxiliary device for such modification, as a special manual control.
an act of nullifying, canceling, or setting aside: a congressional override of the president's veto.
Radio and Television Slang. something that is a dominant or major facet of a program or series, especially something that serves as a unifying theme: an entertainment series with a historical override.

Origin of override

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


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 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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overriding in Medicine




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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