overwrite: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ō"vur-rīt'), [key]
— v., -wrote, -writ•ten, -writ•ing.
  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, esp. 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.
  1. to write too elaborately: The problem with so many young authors is that they tend to overwrite.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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