Definition of overrun verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈrʌn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvəˈrʌn//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overrun
    BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈrʌn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvəˈrʌn//
    he / she / it overruns
    BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈrʌnz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvəˈrʌnz//
    past simple overran
    BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈræn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvəˈræn//
    past participle overrun
    BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈrʌn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvəˈrʌn//
    -ing form overrunning
    BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈrʌnɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvəˈrʌnɪŋ//
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  1. 1[transitive, often passive] overrun something (especially of something bad or not wanted) to fill or spread over an area quickly, especially in large numbers The house was completely overrun with mice. Enemy soldiers had overrun the island. The tiny village was overrun by tourists.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to take more time or money than was intended Her lectures never overrun. overrun something You've overrun your time by 10 minutes.
  3. Word OriginOld English oferyrnan (see over-, run).

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