- to write (something) in an excessively ornate or prolix style
- to write too much about (someone or something)
- to write on top of (other writing)
- to record on a storage medium, such as a magnetic disk, thus destroying what was originally recorded there
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- to write in too elaborate, burdensome, diffuse, or prolix a style:He overwrites his essays to the point of absurdity.
- to write in excess of the requirements, esp. so as to defeat the original intention:That young playwright tends to overwrite her big scenes.
- to write on or over;
cover with writing:a flyleaf overwritten with a dedication.
- to write too elaborately:The problem with so many young authors is that they tend to overwrite.
- over- + write 1690–1700