- to write in too elaborate, burdensome, diffuse, or prolix a style: He overwrites his essays to the point of absurdity.
- to write in excess of the requirements, especially so as to defeat the original intention: That young playwright tends to overwrite her big scenes.
- to write on or over; cover with writing: a flyleaf overwritten with a dedication.
- to write too elaborately: The problem with so many young authors is that they tend to overwrite.
Origin of overwrite
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Examples from the Web for overwrite
They can overwrite headlines and rewrite articles on news sites such as this one.The Big Idea: Why Forgeries Are Great Art
April 25, 2013
Aymer had sought rather to overwrite the rude scrawl of Marley Sartin than to erase it.Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker
- to write (something) in an excessively ornate or prolix style
- to write too much about (someone or something)
- to write on top of (other writing)
- 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
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