verb (used with object), o·ver·wrote, o·ver·writ·ten, o·ver·writ·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), o·ver·wrote, o·ver·writ·ten, o·ver·writ·ing.
to write too elaborately: The problem with so many young authors is that they tend to overwrite.
Origin of overwrite
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Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of overwrite
Aymer had sought rather to overwrite the rude scrawl of Marley Sartin than to erase it.Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker
verb -writes, -writing, -wrote or -written
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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