WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
o•ver•write  (ō′vər rīt),USA pronunciation 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.
  • over- + write 1690–1700

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

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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