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overwrite

[oh-ver-rahyt] /ˌoʊ vərˈraɪt/
verb (used with object), overwrote, overwritten, overwriting.
1.
to write in too elaborate, burdensome, diffuse, or prolix a style:
He overwrites his essays to the point of absurdity.
2.
to write in excess of the requirements, especially so as to defeat the original intention:
That young playwright tends to overwrite her big scenes.
3.
to write on or over; cover with writing:
a flyleaf overwritten with a dedication.
verb (used without object), overwrote, overwritten, overwriting.
4.
to write too elaborately:
The problem with so many young authors is that they tend to overwrite.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; over- + write
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Examples from the web for overwrite
  • The overwrite option will override this option and overwrite the file.
  • When claim amount is being amended, the amended claim amount will overwrite the original claim amount.
  • Any subsequent write to the tape drive can overwrite data.
  • When the blocking send returns, the sender is free to access and overwrite the send buffer.
  • Neither the terminator or random canary offers complete protection against exploits that overwrite the return address.
  • Any changes to an existing report will overwrite it and jeopardize your compliance status.
  • Certified vendors remove, sanitize, overwrite or destroy information contained in those devices as required by this policy.
  • Any new properties overwrite corresponding old properties.
  • If selected, your defaults will not overwrite existing data.
  • If you have customized the girder library, be careful not to overwrite your custom library.
British Dictionary definitions for overwrite

overwrite

/ˌəʊvəˈraɪt/
verb -writes, -writing, -wrote, -written
1.
to write (something) in an excessively ornate or prolix style
2.
to write too much about (someone or something)
3.
to write on top of (other writing)
4.
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
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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