[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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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 overrode



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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