- 1[intransitive, transitive] to be so full that the contents go over the sides The bath is overflowing overflow with something Plates overflowed with party food. (figurative) Her heart overflowed with love. overflow something The river overflowed its banks.
- 2[intransitive] overflow (with something) (of a place) to have too many people in it The streets were overflowing with the crowds. The hospitals are filled to overflowing (= with patients).
- 3[intransitive, transitive] overflow (into something) | overflow (something) to spread beyond the limits of a place or container that is too full The meeting overflowed into the street. Word Origin Old English oferflōwan (see over-, flow).Extra examples His bag was overflowing with clothes. The chemicals overflowed from their storage tank. The river had overflowed into the fields. If it keeps raining the river could overflow its banks. The bath is overflowing!
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈfləʊ//; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈfloʊ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overflow
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈfləʊ//; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈfloʊ//he / she / it overflows
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈfləʊz//; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈfloʊz//past simple overflowed
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈfləʊd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈfloʊd//past participle overflowed
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈfləʊd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈfloʊd//-ing form overflowing
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈfləʊɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈfloʊɪŋ//