override Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "override" - English Dictionary

See all translations

overrideverb

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.

overridenoun [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
child benefit

money received regularly by families from the government to help pay for the costs of taking care of children

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

responsible luxury noun
responsible luxury noun
August 03, 2015
high-end, green tourism and hospitality Jumeirah’s ‘responsible luxury’ approach is an example of a sustainable travel experience – future guests will enjoy the environment as much as today’s.

Read More