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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 of overwrite
1690-1700
1690-1700; over- + write
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Examples from the Web for overwritten
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  • Here the city is all overwritten with black-letter, and the glad Italian sun makes the effect so much the stronger.

  • No hand had overwritten the label of that book there raising it to the peerage, as it were.

    Angela's Business Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • In virtuality, the sequentiality of written language is overwritten by the very configurational nature of the context.

  • It was seen that firmer fingers had overwritten that inscription with another: "Notes on Women."

    Angela's Business Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • The life of Borrow, unlike that of most famous men of letters, has not been overwritten.

    Immortal Memories Clement Shorter
  • Last night they have overwritten all the city walls with 'Up with the republic!'

British Dictionary definitions for overwritten

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 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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