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Definition of "overrun" []

  • To seize the positions of and defeat conclusively: The position of the forward infantry was overrun by large numbers of enemy troops at dawn. (verb-transitive)
  • To spread or swarm over destructively: Locusts overran the prairie. (verb-transitive)
  • To spread swiftly throughout: The new fashion overran the country. (verb-transitive)
  • To overflow: The river overran its banks. (verb-transitive)
  • To run beyond or past; overshoot: The plane overran the end of the runway. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "overrun" in a sentence
  • "We also need to emphasize as tax payers that the city council must get written guarantee from the state, if the cost overrun is resolved, the state will not abandon the project until it is completed."
  • "Consider that the highway project AVERAGE overrun is 25%."
  • "To submit that cost overrun is the main reason to cancel the deep-bore tunnel is to save face by concealling the more pertinent concerns about engineering and integrity."