overwrite

[oh-ver-rahyt]
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; over- + write

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overwrite (ˌəʊvəˈraɪt)
 
vb , -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 & History

overwrite
1699, "to write over other writing," from over + write (q.v.). Of computers, it is attested from 1959. Meaning "to write too elaborately or ornately" is from 1923.
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Example sentences
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.
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