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override

[v. oh-ver-rahyd; n. oh-ver-rahyd] /v. ˌoʊ vərˈraɪd; n. ˈoʊ vərˌraɪd/
verb (used with object), overrode, overridden, overriding.
1.
to prevail or have dominance over; have final authority or say over; overrule:
to override one's advisers.
2.
to disregard, set aside, or nullify; countermand:
to override the board's veto.
3.
to take precedence over; preempt or supersede:
to override any other considerations.
4.
to extend beyond or spread over; overlap.
5.
to modify or suspend the ordinary functioning of; alter the normal operation of.
6.
to ride over or across.
7.
to ride past or beyond.
8.
to trample or crush; ride down.
9.
to ride (a horse) too much.
10.
Fox Hunting. to ride too closely behind (the hounds).
noun
11.
a commission on sales or profits, especially one paid at the executive or managerial level.
12.
budgetary or expense increase; exceeding of an estimate:
work stoppage because of cost overrides.
13.
an ability or allowance to correct, change, supplement, or suspend the operation of an otherwise automatic mechanism, system, etc.
14.
an auxiliary device for such modification, as a special manual control.
15.
an act of nullifying, canceling, or setting aside:
a congressional override of the president's veto.
16.
Radio and Television Slang. something that is a dominant or major facet of a program or series, especially something that serves as a unifying theme:
an entertainment series with a historical override.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English overriden to ride over or across, Old English oferrīdan. See over-, ride
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Examples for override
  • During the storm itself, they monitor their birds and override any spurious commands.
  • You'll need to roll your own malware to override the manufacturer's firmware.
  • Customers could override the utilities' suggested temperatures.
  • Under this, urgent humanitarian needs may override concerns about national sovereignty.
  • Our inability to forego these rewarding aspects of food intake override long-term homeostatic control, contributing to obesity.
  • But they never follow up on these factors, even though they override all others.
  • Deals that push them off their land or override customary rights cannot be justified.
  • To succeed, you must override both a normal impulse to attend to new information and curiosity about something forbidden.
  • First, when subjects form deontological judgments, emotional processes are said to override controlled cognitive processes.
  • Somehow the visual input helps to override the ongoing interior monologue that's interfering with sleep.
British Dictionary definitions for override

override

/ˌəʊvəˈraɪd/
verb (transitive) -rides, -riding, -rode, -ridden
1.
to set aside or disregard with superior authority or power
2.
to supersede or annul
3.
to dominate or vanquish by or as if by trampling down
4.
to take manual control of (a system that is usually under automatic control)
5.
to extend or pass over, esp to overlap
6.
to ride (a horse) too hard
7.
to ride over or across
noun
8.
a device or system that can override an automatic control
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Word Origin and History for override
v.

Old English oferridan "to ride across," from ofer "over" (see over) + ridan "to ride" (see ride (v.)). Originally literal, of cavalry, etc. Figurative meaning "to set aside arrogantly" is from 1827. The mechanical sense "to suspend automatic operation" is attested from 1946. As a noun in this sense from 1946. Related: Overrode; overriding; overridden.

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