Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “override”

See all translations

override

verb uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈraɪd/ us    /ˌoʊ.vɚ-/ (overrode, overridden)

override verb (NOT ACCEPT)

[T] (of a person who has the necessary authority) to decide against or refuse to accept a previous decision, an order, a person, etc.: Every time I make a suggestion at work, my boss overrides me/it. The president used his veto to override the committee's decision. [T] to operate an automatic machine by hand: He overrode the autopilot when he realized it was malfunctioning.

override verb (CONTROL)

[T] to take control over something, especially in order to change the way it operates: The pills are designed to override your body's own hormones.

override verb (MORE IMPORTANT)

[T] to be more important than something: Parents' concern for their children's future often overrides all their other concerns.

override verb (TRAVEL)

[I] to travel on public transport further than your ticket allows you to: There is a $20 penalty for passengers who travel without a ticket or override.

override

noun [C] uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈraɪd/ us    /ˌoʊ.vɚ-/

override noun [C] (DEVICE)

a device that changes the control of a machine or system in special situations, especially from automatic to manual: The heating system has a manual override.

override noun [C] (POLITICS)

in American politics, an occasion when an elected group of people refuses to accept a decision made by an elected leader: The vote fell short of the majority needed for an override of the Governor's veto.
(Definition of override from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of override?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “override” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

luck

the force that causes things, especially good things, to happen to you by chance and not as a result of your own efforts or abilities

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More