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overrun

[ verb oh-ver-ruhn; noun oh-ver-ruhn ]
/ verb ˌoʊ vərˈrʌn; noun ˈoʊ vərˌrʌn /
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verb (used with object), o·ver·ran, o·ver·run, o·ver·run·ning.

verb (used without object), o·ver·ran, o·ver·run, o·ver·run·ning.

to run over; overflow: a stream that always overruns at springtime.
to exceed the proper, desired, or normal quantity, limit, order, etc.: Do you want to overrun on this next issue?

noun

RELATED WORDS

raid, swamp, overwhelm, rout, massacre, occupy, inundate, deluge, choke, ravage, beset, overflow, invade, trim, lick, beat, inroad, drub, clobber, lambaste

Nearby words

overrider, overriding, overripe, overruff, overrule, overrun, overrun brake, oversaturated, overscale, overscore, overscrupulous

Origin of overrun

before 900; Middle English overrennen, Old English oferyrnan. See over-, run
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overrun


verb (ˌəʊvəˈrʌn) -runs, -running, -ran or -run

noun (ˈəʊvəˌrʌn)

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Word Origin and History for overrun

overrun


v.

Old English oferyrnan; see over- + run (v.). The noun meaning "excess expenditure over budget" is from 1956. Related: Overran; overrunning.

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