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English definition of “overwrite”

overwrite

verb uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈraɪt/ us    /ˌoʊ.vɚ-/ (overwrote, overwritten)

overwrite verb (REPLACE)

[T] If you overwrite a computer file, you replace it with a different one.

overwrite verb (NOT SIMPLE)

[I or T] to write something in a way that is not clear and simple or is more detailed than it needs to be: His new book is massively overwritten. She's one of those authors who has a tendency to overwrite.
(Definition of overwrite from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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