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overflow

verb uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈfləʊ/  us   /ˌoʊ.vɚˈfloʊ/

overflow verb (TOO FULL)

C2 [I or T] When a liquid overflows, it flows over the edges of a container, etc. because there is too much of it: The milk overflowed when I poured it into the jug. Because of heavy rain, the river may overflow its banks. [I or T] If a container or a place overflows, whatever is inside it starts coming out because it is too full: Oh no, the bath is overflowing all over the floor. The bin was overflowing with rubbish.C2 [I] When a place overflows, or people or things overflow from somewhere, some people or things have to come out because it cannot contain them all: The bar was so full that people were overflowing into/onto the street. The train was (full to) overflowing (= so full that there was not space for any more passengers). His room is overflowing with books.to overflowing so that water or another substance is almost coming over the top: Someone has filled the bath (full) to overflowing.

overflow verb (EMOTIONS)

C2 [I] If you overflow with thoughts or feelings, you express them strongly: They were (full to) overflowing with emotion at the birth of their baby. Suddenly, her anger overflowed.

overflow

noun uk   /ˈəʊ.və.fləʊ/  us   /ˈoʊ.vɚ.floʊ/

overflow noun (AMOUNT)

[S or U] an amount of liquid or number of people that cannot fit in a space: I put a bucket underneath to catch the overflow from the water tank. We can't cope with this overflow of patients from the other hospitals.

overflow noun (PIPE)

[C] (also overflow pipe) a pipe that carries away water that is not needed
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