overwrite

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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

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

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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Word Origin and History for overwritten

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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