overwrite

[oh-ver-rahyt]
verb (used with object), o·ver·wrote, o·ver·writ·ten, o·ver·writ·ing.
  1. to write in too elaborate, burdensome, diffuse, or prolix a style: He overwrites his essays to the point of absurdity.
  2. to write in excess of the requirements, especially so as to defeat the original intention: That young playwright tends to overwrite her big scenes.
  3. to write on or over; cover with writing: a flyleaf overwritten with a dedication.
verb (used without object), o·ver·wrote, o·ver·writ·ten, o·ver·writ·ing.
  1. to write too elaborately: The problem with so many young authors is that they tend to overwrite.

Origin of overwrite

First recorded in 1690–1700; over- + write
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overwrite

verb -writes, -writing, -wrote or -written
  1. to write (something) in an excessively ornate or prolix style
  2. to write too much about (someone or something)
  3. to write on top of (other writing)
  4. to record on a storage medium, such as a magnetic disk, thus destroying what was originally recorded there
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Word Origin and History for overwrite
v.

1690s, "to write over other writing," from over- + write (v.). Of computers, it is attested from 1959. Meaning "to write too elaborately or ornately" is from 1923. Related: Overwriting; overwritten.

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