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Dictionary Definition



1 a manually operated device to correct the operation of an automatic device
2 the act of nullifying; making null and void; counteracting or overriding the effect or force of something [syn: nullification]


1 rule against; "The Republicans were overruled when the House voted on the bill" [syn: overrule, overturn, overthrow, reverse]
2 prevail over; "health considerations override financial concerns"
3 counteract the normal operation of (an automatic gear shift in a vehicle)
4 ride (a horse) too hard [also: overrode, overridden]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /'ovəɻaɪd/


  1. to ride across or beyond something
  2. to ride a horse too hard
  3. to counteract the normal operation of something
    • The Congress promptly overrode the president's veto, passing the bill into law.


to ride across or beyond something
to ride a horse too hard
  • Japanese: 酷使する
to counteract the normal operation of something
  • Japanese: 過負荷を掛ける


a mechanism, device or procedure used to counteract an automatic control
  • Japanese: オーバードライブ
a royalty
  • Japanese: 優先, 優待
music: a sound effect
  • Japanese: オーバードライブ

Extensive Definition

The word override can be used in several different contexts:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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